Tuesday, September 1, 2009

The road to insanity is paved with thousands of little orange cones

Since this planet is so huge, it goes without saying that there would be many annoying things here.
Bird flu, power outages, running out of toilet paper, Martha Stewart, people at the drive-thru who forgot you said "no onions", and, of course, road construction.

I hate driving through road construction zones .

And yet, for the past few months it has been unavoidable, since my tiny little town is apparently undergoing a face-lift of epic proportions.

I swear they're tearing up just about every street we have.

At first it was only a minor annoyance, since I could just take a small detour.
Then they tore up that road and made it one-lane traffic.
So I found a different detour.
But now, they've even made that inaccessible.
No matter what route I choose to take to work in the morning, I will encounter one-lane traffic which is always at a complete standstill when I approach.

I was going to do a list called "Thirteen places they can stick those big orange cones," but really I could only think of one.


Day #2
of my week-long vegetarian journey:

Breakfast: Sliced peaches
Snack: Black cherry yogurt, chocolate milk
Lunch: Lean Cuisine cheddar potatoes with broccoli
Snack: Granola bar
Dinner: Leafy green salad w/Italian dressing,
Italian breadsticks w/marinara sauce, Tea w/lemon


ReformingGeek said...

Ah, traffic karma! Just think. At some point, your path will be smooth sailing.

whall said...

And look. How sweet of you to share not one but three traffic cones with us.

MikeWJ at Too Many Mornings said...

Sometimes it seems as if the roads aren't ever driveable. Either they're being worked on, or they're covered in snow and ice. Or my car isn't running. Whatever. I'll help you with those cones if you catch the people who are responsible.

Janna said...

ReformingGeek: I hope so!

Whall: They're cute on a webpage but maddening on the road.

MikeWJ: Better yet, can you bribe the construction workers to work twice as fast so this mess can be cleared up before I hit menopause?

Lynda said...

There was only one time I found a construction zone amusing. That was when we were driving through 10 miles of it, and each mile they had a face, staring with a frown, that at the end became a smile with a sign that we were done. All through the construction it said, "Just a few more miles" and "Almost there".

I wanted to drive through again just to take pictures, but I was using film at the time. And I haven't seen anything like it since.

Meloncutter said...

Hmmmmmmm.... Milk and Cheese. As these are products derived from the vigorous masturbation of cow udders, I am not sure they qualify as being part of a veggie diet.

Last night I have beef stew for supper. To celebrate your week of veggism, I only picked out the beef and left the rest for the cats.

Later Y'all.

Anonymous said...

Janna, what's worse is having those damn Jersey barriers on the other side...and driving the lane at night...wedged between two big rigs...ever have "tunnel vision"?

Antelope said...

You know what they say in just about every state where it snows: there are two seasons, winter and construction. In Chicago you had to add "tarring" in there too. Yuck.

I'm seeing a distinct preference for frozen meals in your vegetarian experiment. Have you tried/can you get Amy's? They're tasty and filling.

One Sassy Girl said...

Spot on! When I lived abroad, the country I was in was developing at a rapid pace and roads changed every day. I'd always have to discover a new route to work and, in one year, I was never able to make a left out of ANY exits from my building. It was insane.
Stopped by from SITS :)

Anonymous said...

Your diet truly worries me...I'm not a big meat eater but geeze...why?

Janna said...

Lynda: That does sound cute! :)

Meloncutter: I appreciate that! (The beef stew thing, not the cow udder thing... :P ....)

Subtorp: Jersey barriers... wait... I think I might've actually heard that term before... that refers to those orange and white plastic barrels, right?

Antelope: I haven't tried Amy's! Thanks for the tip... I'll try to find some the next time I go shopping. Probably Friday.

OneSassyGirl: Sounds maddening!! Congrats on making it back home. :)

Grace: Really? What worries you? I swear I've been getting plenty of calories, and have been eating reasonably healthy stuff... Really! :)

Anonymous said...

Janna...ah...no. Jersey barriers are those big...solid...concrete things( you usually see them used to divide the highways )...

Janna said...

Subtorp: Really? Huh. Ok, then I've never heard of it. Somebody somewhere has a slangy term for the orange and white barrels... now I wonder who/what it is!

Anonymous said...

Janna, not sure either, but have heard them called "breaker barrels" and even "impact barrels"; at least round my area...

Travis said...

I know exactly what you mean. It seems like every major road in the Puget Sound area is undergoing some kind of resurfacing or expansion.

It's great that we're focusing so hard on our infrastructure, but dang! I can't get anywhere from anywhere else!

Janna said...

Subtorp: Hmmm. I guess we just call them "orange barrels" here.

Travis: I know the feeling!