I got the key to the highway,
Billed out and bound to go
I’m gonna leave here running people
Because walking is most too slow
Mmmm, good old blues song right there. And it sure felt like “Dear Bob, where is the key to the highway?” when I looked down the entry ramp and saw … that.
Turned out to be worse – or at least more pointless – when I figured out why it was so backed up. See, a little further down the highway, where it splits out to the other highway, which is the one I want to get on, (trying not to lose too much track of sentence structure here and more than a little worried about proper use of commas in English), there’d been an accident.
Now, the dented cars and the police officers – one of them wielding a broom to get rid of front bumper parts on the road surface – and even an ambulance that, from a short glimpse, luckily didn’t seem to get much use, were all in the right-hand turn lane. That left two lanes open for traffic and even the turn lane had a few hundred meters clear before the actual turn off.
So, theoretically, traffic should have been able to get past relatively unhindered. And when I finally passed the accident and speeded up and looked in the mirror, I very quickly saw why traffic did not pass unhindered: I was apparently the only one to accelerate once I got a clear road ahead of me. Everyone else kept crawling past at 10 km/h to make sure they got all the gory details in vivid close-up.
Get. A. Life!
Roll past the scene of the accident at the highest safe and sensible speed and then, once you’re past, get out of Dodge. Unless you have a more than nagging feeling that a close family member was in a car somewhat ahead of you and might be involved, get clear and disappear. These onlooking queues not only annoy the hell out of anybody behind you, they’re also known to be sources of more accidents.
So please – just drop the sensation craving and get on with it. *Steps off soapbox.*
To the list of music – which could have included stuff like The Cars or Beatles’ Drive My Car but didn’t…:
Key To The Highway* – Delta Cross Band
Angie – Rolling Stones
Bare Bones – Madeleine Peyroux
Hearts of Olden Glory – Runrig
Clair de Lune, Ballerina – Styx
Poor Man’s Moody Blues – Barclay James Harvest
Elisabeth – C.V. Jørgensen
Over The Rainbow – Melody Gardot
The Closest Thing To Crazy – Katie Melua
The Might Atlantic / Mara Theme – Runrig
Mona Lisa – Nat King Cole
Teo Toriate – Queen
Image by me (without any traffic code violations!)