Thursday, December 23, 2021

Trash Truck, School Bus, and a Crazy Wednesday


It was the Wednesday before Christmas and the ice on my windshield caused me to run the truck for a few minutes before heading out. As it turned out I let the truck idle about one minute too long. 

Driving up the street I encountered a trash truck--stopped in the middle of the street with vehicles on both sides of the street and no way to get past. I had to wait, a bit impatiently I might add because I knew that the school bus was due to slide up the cross street and begin its daily rounds of picking up students. When that happens, it adds about 10 minutes to my commute and I was already borderline later than I wanted to be for the day.

Once the trash truck cleared the street and traffic began to move I saw the school bus--right on time, slide through and block the intersection. 

Normally, I would be fuming and working on giving myself an ulcer or a stroke, but yesterday I took the approach, oh well there is precious little I can do about it and tried too find something interesting to listen to on the radio. 

Maybe I was calmer because it was three days before Christmas, or that my retirement ceremony was the day before and I am in the role of "playing out the string."

Well, it was a good day and I'm glad that I was able to contain the eruption which usually occurs and not let it ruin the day.

-- Bob Doan, Elkridge, MD 

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