You know those drivers that are distracted and focused on everything but driving? They speed up. They slow down. They drive in the fast lane side by side the car in the slow lane, keeping everyone from passing, or they pass you up, then slow down once they are in front of you?
Well, I see them every day since I have an hour commute to work, and usually I am cussing them out, or raising my arms at them in frustration.
But today – I may have been one of those people.
You see, I stopped off at Walmart like I usually do on my way in to work, cuz I needed yogurt for my lunch. I will usually stop off in a park and eat lunch in my car, but today I decided to drive into work first, and eat lunch there. Thank goodness I did. The traffic was awful! They had two of the four lanes of the main bridge across the Mississippi closed down. Ugh!
There are other bridges that go across, but three interstates merge into the section where you “choose” your bridge, so taking another bridge isn’t really a faster option…. so I waited. and waited… and waited…
I finally realized that this was going to take a while, and I may not get lunch at all before I have to start work, so I decided to get a head start. I get my lunch box, take out my spinach salad and begin cutting up the oranges. Yes – with a knife and fork . Yes – in stop and go traffic. Yes – in a car with a manual transmission.
Of course, I would like to think that I am an attentive distracted driver. 🙂 I was able to keep up with the inching along… and I didn’t run into the backside of anyone… and I got my oranges cut, and was even able to eat part of my salad while driving.
But I think I am smart enough to realize that I may not be this lucky everytime, so I imagine the next time I commute to work, I will use my usual safe driving techniques – cruise set at 70mph – coasting along in the slow lane – radio at a moderate volume – and only occasionally taking my hands off the wheel to give a WTF motion to the driver next to me – who is most likely too distracted to notice.