Wednesday, September 27, 2006

Getting My Rush On

The Beltway was the same as I remember it...bumper-to-bumper. Argh! Taylor and I had decided to meet outside of DC and take the metro in. We were both coming from different directions so this worked best. I used to ride the metro into DC everyday. It took me awhile to get my rush on. I had to kind of laugh to see all these serious people rushing and pushing past me to hurry and get here and there. I remember when the goal was to hurry, hurry! Each minute shaved off your travel time was a victory. The constant calculation to beat rush-hour. Futile!

We got information on plenty of law schools but learned the most on the ride back in the metro when a very talkative and informative first year law student got on the train. Perfect.

Had some dinner with Taylor and did some shopping while waiting out rush hour natch. Of course as soon as I hit the beltway a little before 8:00PM I was in the ever-loving thick of it. I could not live there any more. I definitely miss some things but not enough. Too much time spent trying to get somewhere. It all comes back to me and I'm glad to be home.

12 Comments:

Blogger carbunclefrank said...

The catalyst for my retirement was the belief that after a couple of million miles driving over the road in an eighty thousand pound semi, I would probably get run over by some idiot in an oversize SUV who was late for work. Right now, I dont even have a car. It's great.

9/27/2006 09:25:00 AM  
Blogger dawn said...

Mary, you know coming from ny I know traffic. The trains always amaze me ,people think I'm crazy because I'll wait for a local to go into Queens instead of hopping on the sardine filled express. My extra 8 minutes time is worth the seat to me.

9/27/2006 09:30:00 AM  
Blogger The Future Was Yesterday said...

That beltway is as crazy as the people it surrounds. My wife went up there last year for a seminar. Oh...My....God!! One of my Doctors once told me "Americans hurry up to die."

9/27/2006 10:40:00 AM  
Blogger Mary said...

Carbuncle-
I could definitely live w/o a car. You've got the right idea.

Dawn- I'm w/you. But when I had to get to daycare to pick up the babies and be on time or face the wrath and overtime of the daycare I would have hung on to the outside. I was definitely in the thick of crazy land with the rest of them. Glad I snapped out of it.

TUA- "OH...My...God!" seriously sums it up. High stress. After yesterday all I want to do is lay in bed and recuperate. I hope that after my daughter gets the degree (if she does indeed decide too) she will take far away from there.

9/27/2006 12:13:00 PM  
Blogger Ole Blue The Heretic said...

The beltway, how many hours I have spent sitting there, semingly without a care, going no where fast, trying not to die. I had to always remember to put the top on my jeep because I have sat on the beltway, without a hat, in the sun during summer, trying not to die while my brains fried under the summer sun.

9/27/2006 01:59:00 PM  
Blogger Mary said...

Blue- LOL! It was good to be back on the old stomping grounds but the feeling didn't last long. I had a big old LeMans back in the day and it would regularly conk out. My friends would all pass on their way to work. No sense stopping. We all knew it just needed a couple minutes and then it would start again.

9/27/2006 04:04:00 PM  
Blogger american soldier ... said...

i will do my best to keep in touch ... t minus a week to go ... i have too much stuff ... i wish someone had given me the heads up and sent most of this gear ahead with the other belongings ... but yes please keep me updated with your son ... im curious to find out where hes at ...

9/27/2006 10:26:00 PM  
Blogger No said...

so..what did you do in DC?

9/28/2006 05:31:00 AM  
Blogger Mary said...

No- did you mean what was my job when I lived around there? I went to a headhunter to get a job and they liked me so much they asked me would I work there while I was looking. So I would be their receptionist and they would send me out on interviews during the day. They were awesome. I ended up hooking up w/John and moving to Ocean City and never did get another job.

9/28/2006 08:20:00 AM  
Blogger Carla said...

DC Metro traffic = HIDEOUS!

9/28/2006 08:30:00 AM  
Blogger No said...

Yep, that's what I meant, Mary..thanks for answering.

9/28/2006 09:09:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I don't mind going into big cities for a visit but as to living there, no way!!!
I like your video, Mary!!!

9/28/2006 01:00:00 PM  

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