Blimp Crossing

March 13, 2010

Thankfully, i do not have a long commute to work in the morning.  Nor does my short ten minute drive include any time spent on the freeway.  The good part about this is i don’t have to deal with traffic or road-rage-induced retaliation from irritable people who experience it everyday.  The bad part is i have become less tolerant and more impatient in dealing with freeway traffic.

A few days ago i was headed to a friends to play Rock Band.  I knew when i left i might encounter some traffic on the freeways as it was pretty close to the evening rush hour.  What i did not expect, however, was three miles of backed up cars due to a blimp.  Yes, that’s right, a blimp.

I’m sure you’ve all experienced the after effects of an accident where people feel the need to slow down and gawk at the scene, even though it’s none of their business, impeding the flow of traffic.  I was driving along at a perfectly normal freeway speed when the car in front of me stopped abruptly.  Thank goodness for good brakes.  I came to a screeching halt and for the next few miles we crawled along at a snail’s pace, all the while assuming there was some accident people were slowing down to see. 

There were no flashing police lights or ambulances flying down the berm.  Just a blimp, the Goodyear Blimp…up in the sky, sailing along quietly above the freeway.  This is the only explanation i have for why traffic was backed up so far.  In my mind, there is no need for this to happen.  Stop staring and drive!  We all have places to be!  It’s a blimp!  We’ve all seen them before.  If the blimp was hot pink and doing flips, or shaped like a dragon with fire coming from its mouth, now that would be something worthy of slowing down for.

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