The Weavers, the Squeezers and Me.

03-16-17

I was thinking about Kermit the Frog crooning the lyrics “the lovers, the dreamers, and me” in the song “The Rainbow Connection” while I was taking the buggy for a spin earlier today.

I decided then and there that a parody of that song’s lyrics would be the perfect headline to describe motoring along on my morning drive.

Regarding the squeezing aspect, I had hoped to squeeze in some walking miles too, despite that bone-chilling cold, because a glance out the front door showed me the snow and ice from the sidewalks and roads had miraculously vanished since yesterday. But, what a bummer … duty called, since our work e-mail crashed for the second day in a row, dashing any hope to get both a walk and a spin in the car accomplished.  That hour-long consultation with the computer guy encroached on my morning “me time” bigtime.

I guess it’s just as well, since I was mighty distracted by the time I left the house. Driving Downriver now takes more concentration than usual these days and sure keeps you on your toes.  You mustn’t even blink, as a car will dart in front of you before you get a chance to hit the brakes.  Yikes!  I’d have a mess of gray hair if I had to commute to work on a daily basis.

It’s been about six weeks since the big Rouge River Bridge project began, forcing drivers headed from Detroit to Downriver to detour until November 2018. MDOT suggested the big rigs take alternate expressway routes, but most everyone seems to prefer Fort Street.  Southbound Fort Street consequently is jammed with back-to-back vehicles most any time of the day you venture out.  Throughout the day, and long into the night, the squeal of sirens, either the incessant whine of an ambulance, or that of a police car, can be heard.  And, the Facebook forums for Downriver are  replete with people complaining about the big trucks, or people driving way over the speed limit, or, even the opposite … those pesky drivers who go too slow.  However, those people aren’t driving all that slow – in fact, they are driving the speed limit, which was raised to 45 mph last year.

Those hapless folks are usually labeled that rather disparaging moniker of “Sunday driver”.

Yup, I am one of those people, and this big project, plus the increased traffic on Fort Street, sure takes me out of my comfort zone whenever I have to leave my street and take Fort Street.

It’s a hundred times worse during rush hour … all those people weaving in and out and squeezing people over. From my vantage point in the far right-hand lane, I just shudder and have a white-knuckle grip on the steering wheel, hands strategically placed at 10:00 and 2:00 o’clock, like we learned in Drivers Ed all those years ago.

It sure was no picnic this morning, as one lane was out of commission for two large portions of northbound Fort Street, due to a water main break, and AT&T repairing a telephone pole. The latter likely was a case of car versus pole, that no doubt caused the sudden yelp of an emergency vehicle shortly after I climbed into bed and burrowed into the covers last night.

After gritting my teeth for a mile along Fort Street, I was glad to turn down Southfield Road, even if I was headed directly into the sun and couldn’t see a thing. Happily, soon I turned onto the curving stretch of River Drive, and zoomed right past Council Point Park, where I craned my neck to determine how the perimeter path looked.  Surprisingly, it was free of snow.  Then, I was sorry I looked over, as I was suddenly wistful that I was without walking shoes, nor the time, to enjoy my favorite nature nook.

With the expectation of more snow in the a.m., I may not be seeing any green on St. Paddy’s Day, as to the lawns along my regular route anyway, so that wee walk at the Park will get tabled to Sunday at least.

Grrrrrr to the Ground Hog.

[Image by Gerald G at openclipart.org]

About lindasschaub

This is my first blog and I enjoy writing each and every post immensely. I started a walking regimen in 2011 and decided to create a blog as a means of memorializing the people, places and things I see on my daily walks. I have always enjoyed people watching, and so my blog is peppered with folks I meet, or reflections of characters I have known through the years. Often something piques my interest, or evokes a pleasant memory from my memory bank, and this becomes a “slice o’ life” blog post that day. I respect and appreciate nature and my interaction with Mother Nature’s gifts is also a common theme. Sometimes the most-ordinary items become fodder for points to ponder over and touch upon. My career has been in the legal field and I have been a legal secretary for over three decades, primarily working in downtown Detroit, and now working from my home. I graduated from Wayne State University with a degree in print journalism in 1978, although I’ve never worked in that field. I like to think this blog is the writer in me finally emerging!! Walking and writing have met and shaken hands and the creative juices are flowing once again in Walkin’, Writin’, Wit & Whimsy – hope you think so too.
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4 Responses to The Weavers, the Squeezers and Me.

  1. Majorie Aubin says:

    Well the groundhogs were right..
    Tomorrow it seems you might get that walk in before the snow. Sorrow you couldn’t do it today.

    • lindasschaub says:

      Yes, after I published the post, I heard that the snow and sloppy weather won’t start til around 10:00 or 11:00 a.m. so that is promising. In February, we thought the Ground Hog was crazy.

  2. Ann Marie stevens says:

    Miss Linda…………………………Grrrrrrrrrrrrrto having to hear the constant heavy Fort St. traffic………well quite the opposite we live right next to 1-75 and we won’t be hearing the very heavy traffic until November 2018…………..we still hear a constant northbound traffic but its further away and only half as loud…………………..and about the speed limit on Fort St. changing to 45 mph………………I still go 35 mph…………………..so I’m with you

  3. lindasschaub says:

    I hate that busy traffic Ann Marie … when I take the car for a run, I try to stay on northbound Fort, then go down Southfield and along River Drive past the Park … sometimes if there is not alot of traffic on Sunday I’ll go on the other side, but it is nonstop traffic since this Rouge Bridge Project started. I’m with you – I hate they upped the speed limit. I used to walk to the allergist … I walked a few times after they raised the limit, but doubt I’ll do it now with the added traffic. Better to drive. You get some nice sleeping til next November, but everyone will hop on the expressway as soon as it is serviceable again. I’ve never been big on expressway driving … My mom and I used to take the car for a good run on the expressway by going to the mall in Frenchtown or Manufacturer’s Marketplace in Monroe, but it is years since I have been there – at least a decade. Better for the car to go faster than just Fort Street to be honest.

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