Last month I made note to myself to write an entry about how much it sucked commuting during a torrential downpour. While more than a month has gone by since the original cause of this exhaustion took place, I have some memory of it all and I think I can remember what happened.
There was some point in early December where the Jersey Shore and Central Jersey areas were battered with two or three days of rain in a row. At certain points in the day, it was a torrential downpour. Well, as you all know – rain doesn’t mean that you don’t have to go into the office. However, when you commute an hour to work and an hour back home, driving in a torrential downpour is more than just hitting the gas and brake pedals.
To begin with, driving an hour anywhere presents some wear on the body – driving an hour twice a day, everyday for at least four days each week is a major cause of exhaustion no matter what. Who wants to sit stationary for an hour while having to be 100% alert to all of your surroundings? Now imagine the exhaustion of having to drive that commute in the middle of a rainstorm. Pretty bad, right? Now imagine having to make that commute in the middle of a torrential downpour so bad that cars are pulling over to the side of the road.
What made this particular commute so much worse was the mixture of a hammering rainstorm and some of New Jersey’s worst drivers. I’m one of these people that believes you can tell a lot about a person by the way they drive, especially during inclement weather. Someone who drives with their body about an inch from the wheel as their hands are stuck at the 10 o’clock and 2 o’clock positions is someone who is probably a bit anal retentive. Those people who have their windshield wipers going 100 miles per hour during a light drizzle are probably very panicky people – the type of person very prone to being constantly concerned and anxious all of the time.
Well, I remember that on the night when I drove home during that downpour last month the road was filled with people who are constantly jamming on the brake pedal. Okay, given the road conditions I can understand why this might be necessary. However, a better way to deal with bad weather is to not drive like a maniac when visibility is near zero in the first place! Come on, people!
And that’s my story of exhaustion from last month that I made a note to tell everyone about on my blog. Mission accomplished.