Yesterday was a rare and beautiful day here in the Pacific Northwest – the mountain (Mt. Rainier) was out and sky blue and cloudless. I got in my car and headed south to go and visit my daughter and son-in-law – and found myself in a parking lot of freeway traffic for an hour and a half – on what normally would have been a 25 minute trip.
I had never driven to my daughter’s new home before – only been a passenger, and like so many of us that are passengers – we just simply don’t pay very close attention to the exit signs. Greg told me which one – unfortunately I did not have his GPS and was confident that I could find it without one – after all, hadn’t I been there several times before? The exit sign looked different to me – and I was looking for a name that was in smaller print on the sign and therefore missed it all together – finding myself several exits south – in another town!
I was so distressed by this – the traffic was bad – the weather HOT and I pulled down a side road and called my daughter. She told me I had gone too far – and to get back on the freeway and go 2 more exits – just what to look for from the freeway and I would find it. I thought to myself, “there’s NO WAY I’m getting back on that crazy freeway” – but since there was no back road – I had no choice. So I turned the car around and made a left hand turn to go back to the on ramp of the freeway – following another car. When all of a sudden I realized that it was a ONE WAY STREET! The car ahead of me had made the same mistake and quickly got himself to the intersection and darted across to the other side without being noticed. Me, however – was NOT so quick – and I had cars from the oncoming lane HONKING AND YELLING and I’m sure one even gave me the finger too. It was most humiliating. So I made my way to that same intersection where the other car had magically disappeared – leaving me looking like an idiot – only I was STUCK THERE. There was NO WAY to get across – as I was clearly in the wrong place and there was no stop light for me. I must have sat there for a minute or two wondering what to do – and it seemed like HOURS! Finally I waited for the red light and no other cars coming from the other way – and I GUNNED it across the intersection with 3 cars sitting there GAPING at me. Yeah. It was stupid and gutsy and ridiculous – and I felt MORTIFIED – but I got through and eventually got on that stupid freeway again.
This is a true story – I made nothing up – how can you make stuff up like this?
Have you ever had this happen to you?
Do you ever feel like your going down a one way – on the wrong side of life?