Happy Thanksgiving

I hope everyone has a safe and Happy Thanksgiving today!!

The drive home yesterday started out horrible. It was raining, but so cold that it turned to slush on my windshield. Then it was snow. Then it was mixed. This lasted for about a half hour and then was clear for the rest of the ride. I’m glad I got out of work early because people who drove up later in the day had a horrible time. The roads got pretty nasty. I heard something like 100 accidents on I-75 and a train derailed somewhere.

I had a few close calls during the trip. I went by a state cop who must have been taking a nap, because I was going about 72 in a 55. Then I hit a deer about 5 miles from home. No damage though! That would have been just what I needed only a few months away from getting a new vehicle. The deer was standing on the right side of the road so I slammed on the brakes and moved into the left lane. The deer started to run right out at me and then vanished by the side of my car. At first I thought she (it was a doe) had slipped and fell under the car. Then I heard a thud in the back rear of my car. “Shit,” is all I remember thinking. I was still clipping along at a pretty good speed, but couldn’t see anything in my mirrors so I figured she maybe kicked my car when running back off the road. I’m just glad I have superior driving skills!

What are you thankful for this Thanksgiving?

Lead Foot

While doing all of the driving over the weekend I realized that I drive a lot faster when I’m in the car by myself. When I have company and good conversation, I typically drive about 8 mph over the speed limit. If I’m on my own, I usually drive 10-15 mph over the speed limit. Why? I believe it’s because I have complete control over my driving when I’m not interacting with someone. I can focus on the road, the cars around me, speed limits, and watching for cops.

You might wonder if I’ve ever had any tickets…only one so far for going 10 over in a 55. I’ve been pulled over 4 times for speeding, but was given a warning 3 of those times. Everyone gets a few breaks here and there I guess. I like driving fast. That’s no secret. I just hate to be waiting around. Call it a lack of patience if you will. I get it from my Dad.

On Empty

I swear that I’m obsessed with driving my car until I’m on E. I won’t pull into a gas station unless that little orange light comes on telling me that I soon might be stranded without gas. Am I the only one who does this? It’s not like I do it on purpose, I just never really notice my gas gauge until the orange warning light comes on. Sooner or later, I’m going to run out of gas and then I’ll learn my lesson.

While I’m on the subject of cars…more and more recently I’ll be driving and as soon as I get underneath a stoplight, I can’t recall if it was green or not. I know it was green, but for that split second or two, I ask myself if I was paying attention. Maybe I’m just getting old.

Back To Normal

Life should be back to normal now. I took another nap not too long ago and probably could have slept til morning. Just mentally drained I guess. Dad is taking tomorrow off work and I’m glad. He rarely ever takes time off and usually works 50-60 hours a week. This is definitely a time when he can use the day off.

The drive back today wasn’t too bad. For about 30 miles, the roads were damn near glare ice, but after that it was clear sailing. The sun was out almost the whole way home. Combine that with the reflection off the snow and the windows were like magnifying glasses, roasting us inside. I don’t know if I’ve ever wanted to get out of a car so bad as I did today.

SVSU has posted a programming position to internal applicants, so I’ve been polishing up my resume. Wish me luck!

1st Snowfall

Yesterday marked the first snowfall (at least in Saginaw), and I’ve decided that I’m not ready for it to snow yet. In fact, I’m not sure if I’ll be ready all winter. When I’m ready, I’ll let Mother Nature know. The thought of waking up a few minutes earlier than normal before work, so that I can go out in the cold to scrape/brush off my car, is not something I like to think about.

The snow and ice also increases the risk of driving my car each day. For some reason, people forget how to drive when there is snow/ice on the ground. Most winter driving falls into two categories. You’ll have Grandma Jones driving 20 when the roads are clear, but she can see snow in the ditch or on the shoulder. Why does she have a license in the first place? On the other hand, you’ll be driving through a white-out and some jackass with an SUV will pass you going 60 in a 45 on a two lane road. Does that SUV come with x-ray vision or something? I cant’ see if there are cars coming, so how in the hell can he when he’s behind me? Maybe everyone just needs to get out of my way on the roads. This is especially true during the winter, when their lack of driving skills may affect my ability to live another day. I’ll even volunteer to put a flashing light on my car or something to let everyone know that I’m coming.

Summer and golf season can’t come soon enough!