Anyway, the point of this blog entry: Because of the length of my commute, and the large portion of it that I spend moving under fifteen miles per hour, I tend to notice things that I wouldn't otherwise notice. I get bored. I look around me, I see things.
The other day, I had a woman following me home on the Ike starting from downtown until about 25th. This portion of my drive takes about 45 minutes (on average - trust me, sometimes it takes longer). Every time I glanced in my rear view mirror, she was chewing on her fingernails. This woman had her fingers in her mouth for 45 minutes straight. It started to drive me a little nuts. I've never claimed to be completely sane in the first place, but still. TAKE YOUR EFFING FINGERS OUT OF YOUR MOUTH! THAT'S DISGUSTING!
I criticize this woman while fully acknowledging that I am a nail biter. But I'm not being hypocritical. I may chew on my nails when I'm nervous or engaged in deep thought (it's been known to happen), but I do not chew on my nails for 45 minutes straight. While driving a car, no less.
And then there was this morning. While stopped at the Hillside Strangler, (because yes, there is always a portion of my commute ON THE HIGHWAY where I'm at a dead stop), I noticed a sign that I had never paid attention to before. It looked something like this:
The Eisenhower: Sucking it up since 1956
But not exactly. The internet failed me today, and I couldn't find the EXACT sign that I saw. I may have won the internet for seven minutes yesterday*, but those seven minutes are over. But I swear to God it's real. The sign I saw said something about I-290, 1956-2006, and patriotism.
So, all I could think was, "The Eisenhower stopped being patriotic in 2006? What's been happening the last five years? Is this why my commute sucks? Because the Ike stopped being patriotic? Oh, wait. The Ike sucked five years ago too. Nevermind."
Anyway, that's all I got today.
UPDATE - I found the actual sign with the actual wording:
The Eisenhower Expressway: Taking the "Express" out of "Expressway" for 55 years...
So I'm going to amend my previous statements. "A symbol of freedom." Right. A symbol of freedom from movement for 50 years?
*According to my friend Guido, I won the internet for exactly seven minutes when Voltron started following me on twitter (@phoenix_beth).