Sunday, January 20, 2013

Congested Traffic



To me nothing screams "Rat Race" more than congested traffic, and those who choose to endure it every day. The picture above is from 1941, and shows the traffic on the weekend of people trying to get out of the city to relax. Luckily, I have no traffic to deal with where I live. I drive 20 miles to work, but maybe encounter 5 cars on the drive. In a former job, I worked in a highly secure facility and you would have to wait in a line a mile long as each car had to be checked as it went through a security gate. Now that was the rat race.

12 comments:

  1. I often wonder why it is called "rush" hour when nobody is moving. How about an update on your power generation facilities. I'd be interested in seeing charts with rated vs actual outputs and required maintenance costs plus maybe ROI.

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  2. Traffic jams definitely try one's patience. One that I recall from a family trip was sitting on a bridge leaving Canada, waiting for US customs to get back into the U.S.(with several young children in the car) I wonder what the "pirate ship" was that you watched for at the seaside cottage? Sounds intriguing! LOL
    -Anne

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  3. With the sign facing us, it looks like Sunday afternoon and the cars are heading home. We went to Southern CA one Thanksgiving & were heading north (& zooming right along) on a Sunday afternoon. Traffic returning to CA in the southbound lanes, however, was bumper to bumper and crawling along all the way to the NV line. We've never returned.

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  4. I had the misfortune of getting Ft. Irwin as my last duty assignment and Interstate 15 turns into the Worlds longest parking lot every Friday with traffic headed to Nevada, just to have it turned around on Sunday with traffic returning to California. As long as i live I will not understand why so many people will spend so much time getting somewhere to give their hard earned money to a casino. I also have not returned.

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  5. Im with you I dont like traffic at all.
    Love the photo
    Blessings

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  6. There are such wonderful backups on the Washington, DC Beltway. Accidents, rubbernecking, sunshine in the eyes, the Wilson Bridge opening(it is a draw bridge) the possibilities are endless!

    After 9/11, since the Pentagon was a target, there were studies on emergency preparedness. The head of the study rather amusingly stated that in case of an emergency, Washington DC could be quickly evacuated in a couple of hours.
    You can't even get out of there quickly on an ordinary day. Rush hour lasts about four hours in both the mornings and evenings!

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  7. It's believed that the first time a road/path was divided with each side assigned to a direction was in ancient Rome on the Appian Way. So it must have been "congested traffic" that sparked this invention.

    This is an example of the little "social inventions" that change our worldviews so completely we don't even realize they had to be invented.

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  8. That being wartime, with gasoline closely rationed, I'll bet those folks were REALLY unhappy over each precious drop wasted sitting in line.

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  9. I do my best to stay at home during high traffic times.
    I just don't have the patience.
    I sure would like to have that second car back, in the curb lane in the picture though !

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  10. We have the occasional traffic jam in WY, but usually only when there is a piece of seriously over sized equipment coming through town.
    We don't even have cattle jams anymore.

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  11. The first Car (39 Plymouth) has New Jersey Tags. Could be the Sunday rush back from the Jersey Shore?

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