It is 6:29 p.m., and I am getting on a computer — not even my own — for the first time today. The reason? My son’s tournament basketball game a half hour north of our hometown, followed by a trip down to visit with my mother-in-love, usually a 2 1/2 hour drive south of us. The game ended in a loss, and the drive south ended in a loss of an additional hour. We suffered bumper-to-bumper traffic with numerous slowdowns. It’s called I-75 for a reason, right? I like to go 75 mph. Not 25 mph. Not 35 mph. Not even just 60 mph. I should be happy we encountered no accidents and arrived — late — safely. But that won’t stop me from fuming and fussing and considering the top ten reasons I hate holiday travel:
- Too many other people travel too.
- Those too many people drive crazy fast and weave in and out of traffic or drive obliviously slow in the wrong lane.
- Those other people traveling apparently stop whenever I stop, so I encounter them again and again.
- Slowdowns, stoppages, and too-tall vehicles blocking my view of the road ahead.
- Gas station bathrooms. Enough said.
- The 17-year-old traveling inside my car thinks he could do a better job at driving.
- The holiday spirit we once had? Gone.
- Packing bags and packing cars. Unpacking bags and unpacking cars. Repacking. Re-unpacking.
- The traveling paradox: The visit is never long enough for me, but I can’t wait to get home.
- Knowing that the trip home isn’t likely going to be any better.
And the worst thing? Not knowing where or when I’ll write my next blog post…