Thursday, February 15, 2007

Pete and Repete

So, you're on your way to visit your old college pals. It's gonna be quite a night on the town!

You get on the interstate highway. You're speeding along at 70... 75... 80... SLAM!!!

You hit a huge traffic backup. Oh, crap! Well, it shouldn't take that long. Your exit is only one mile up the road. Traffic should be moving, even if it is very slow, right? Maybe 10 minutes. 15 tops.

20 minutes later, you haven't moved a centimeter! You turn on the radio to check the traffic report. "Traffic is stand-still for miles. There was a huge accident involving 16 vehicles, including 2 large trucks."

Ok, so you're gonna be there for a while.

What would you do? Get up off my feet and stop makin' tired excuses... Oh wait... that's a song... Nevermind that. So, do you:

A. Crank up the music, honk your horn, make mean faces to your fellow drivers, grumbling, "Stupid people and their stupid accidents. How dare they mess up my night?!"

B. Turn off the car, open the windows, and enjoy the afternoon breeze. Might as well make the best of this.

C. Praise God that you had Doritos stashed in the back seat! At least you won't starve to death!

D. Or even better! You had some Smirnoff back there too! Might as well party while you're missing the real party.
E. Get out and make pleasant conversation with the other nosey drivers who have gotten out of their cars to check if they can see the accident. You share theories of how long this will take.

F. Your own creative idea


Every once in a while, I repeat questions from the original JAQQ. To those who've been w/ me since then, I'm sorry if you're bored w/ this. But hey- you can reshare your answer w/ us!
I heard the most horrifying true story on Friday after work. So, we had a LOT of snow and ice Tuesday into Wednesday (perfect timing for V-Day, of course!)... Well, a major highway in Pennsylvania had horrible snow conditions. A few tractor trailers got stuck in the snow and couldn't be moved, and a huge line of traffic formed behind them. No one could pass them or turn around to leave. All those hundred or so people were stuck there for TWO DAYS! THey ran out of gas, so were stuck in the freezing temperatures... Most had no food... No place to use the bathroom. No one could get to them to help!
...Well, almost no one. Several local volunteer firefighters had snow mobiles. They were able to reach these stranded people. They went from car to car checking on people. Some local families heard about this mess, took compassion, and loaded sleds with food and containers of gasoline and pulled those to the traffic jam... Hearing this has made me think a little bit higher of humanity. Those people helped out, when they could have sat in their cozy warm houses and laughed it up.
I normally don't listen to the news (I'm a bad person like that). Well, Friday I was headed to visit my sister. I took the PA Turnpike, which normally takes 45 min. ... Well, it took over TWO HOURS! I decided to listen to some AM news radio station. I heard about all these people. People who normally take that blocked off road had to find another way to get to their jobs and back. Well, the Turnpike was one of their only other options. Another thing happened that made me think more highly of humanity. The Turnpike Committee decided to wave all tolls and fees for the day, because these people were stuck between a rock and a hard place. They could have made a HUGE profit from this, but they had compassion! I was excited that I didn't have to pay my $3.25.
So, let's hear it for volunteer Fire Fighters, sympathetic families, and the TP Committee for having good morals! Awesome! Makes me proud to be an American!


Abigail S said...

I try to find titles for my posts that are somewhat, in some vague way, related to the question. I realized "Pete and Repete" may need to be explained. Have you ever heard this joke:

The teller says "Pete and Repete were in a boat. Pete fell out. Who was left?" and the listener replies "Repete."

Then the teller says "Pete and Repete were in a boat. Pete fell out. Who was left?" and the listener replies "Repete."

Then the teller says "Pete and Repete were in a boat. Pete fell out. Who was left?" and the listener replies "Repete."

And it goes on and on, until the listener starts to beat the crap out of the teller. Fun times!

Rapunzel said...

Hopefully I'd have a book in the car, I usually do, so I'd open up one of those Smirnoff and crack open some reading material, make the best of it.

gr said...

I would want to find a way off the highway, if possible, to take a break at a hotel or restaurant. This sounds like a nightmare, esp. in the cold, like parts of Pennsylvania this week, or extreme heat....

Becky L said...


Abby has a funny story to share about this... Lets just say, its ironic.

Michael C said...

Definitely B. I love nice weather!

thethinker said...

Since I'm not 21 yet, I guess that D is out of the question.

I'll go with C.

Abigail S said...

~rapunzel~ Great idea about the book! I'll have to start keeping one in the car... just in case!

~gr~ That WOULD be a nightmare... I'm actually about to add something to the post...check it out!

~becky~ doin' it in just a minute!

~michael~ Nice weather would make it more bareable... perhaps even pleasant.

~thethinker~ Good girl! Definitley don't go the Smirnoff route!

Mother of Invention said...

I'd be up the creek! I'm diabetic and need food and insulin as well as some heart meds! Yikes..I'd hope a nice fireman person would load me on his snomobile and take me to the nearest hospital!
Nice story of keeping the faith in kindnesses of people.

Abigail S said...

~mother~ Hopefully it would be a very HOT firefighter!

Crazy Working Mom said...

The answer is B for sure.

But, the addition to the post made me so sad. I can't imagine how that could happen! Poor people. I hope there were no children stranded. Just goes to show that you should always keep extra "stuff" in your vehicle. Ya never know...

Abigail S said...

~CWM~ I feel bad for all the mothers who were either stuck there w/ their children, or stuck there w/out their kids, missing them for two days!

Hearing that story has taught me to always keep a "survival kit" in the car- granola bars, water, blankets, and a great book.