Worst Nightmare: DC Traffic Jam

Last night’s commute was the worst I’ve had that didn’t involve some sort of crazed lunatic making threats. No, everything was hunky dorry in the city last night, except for the idiots in the vehicles. I realize it’s now dark when folks leave work and this means an adjustment, but I did not expect that that meant my commute going from 25-30 minutes to well over an hour last night. It’s not like we’re going to Springfield or Takoma Park or Leesburg for crying out loud, we’re going to Fairlington! But there we sat, as idiots clogged intersections and blocked the precious box, as lights began to mean less and less the closer you got to downtown’s core.

Please, folks, don’t let this happen again. You wouldn’t like me angry.

3 Comments so far

  1. Stacey (unregistered) on November 1st, 2005 @ 11:34 am

    Tom. Bro. I feel you. I almost lost it last night and I’m as even keeled in traffic as it gets. My breaking point was a HUGE TRAVEL BUS blocking the box. I was on the phone with my friend and started yelling “it’s a bus! A BUS! It’s one thing if a CAR blocks the box, but a BUS?!?!” I work in the city, live in N. Arlington (just under 4 miles), and it took me 45 minutes.

    My roommie was with me and her theory was that it was a bunch of over-worked parents trying, for night out of the year, to get home at a decent time to take kids out for trick-or-treating. Thoughts?


  2. darpino (unregistered) on November 1st, 2005 @ 11:51 am

    Something about Halloween and traffic. Before the tractor-man incident – Halloween 2000 was considered the worst DC area-wide traffic jam in years.

    I remember sitting in traffic on Rte 1 that year for 2 hours to go 4 blocks!

    It makes no sense for Halloween to cause extra traffic but for some reason it always does.


  3. Tom Bridge (unregistered) on November 1st, 2005 @ 12:39 pm

    That’s what was weird though, our office started clearing out at 3 to make it home in time for trick or treating in the daytime…dubya tee eff, people?!



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