Friday, September 20, 2013

Friday Freestyles... The BONE Tired Oldgirl Edition

It is Friday...

And I am BONE tired.

I tell you, I take my hat off to you all who have long commutes from home to work and back home again. You are better than me.

I have had the shortest of commutes for the last 8 years. And I realized this week how much I have taken it for granted.

For this week I am taking a course on a instrument I use at work, and the training center is waaaaaay up in the Northern surburbs. I have been up that ways a handful of times, but only on the weekends. Going on a weekdays during rush hour... WOW...

I leave at 7:15 am and get up there at about 8:00 am... This means I must be up around 6. I am doing okay with that, but someone had to call me to make sure I was up this morning. Even Oscar is looking at me in the morning like he wants to say "Stop tripping! Pull yourself together and get ready to go!"

I leave the training center around 5:00 pm... and get home around 6:20 pm...

The evening rush hour is awful... Creeping at 5 miles per hour most of the time. OH JOY!

I find myself stretching to see up ahead.

"Is there a crash or something\? Why are we going so slow??"

No there are no crashes. We're just driving... slow.

Push the gas pedal, hit the brake... push the gas pedal, hit the brake... over and over and over.

And by the time I get home, I am........O_O.

Oscar is howling for his food... and I am stepping over him and collapsing on the sofa.

"Dude," I say real. "Gimme a chance to sit down. Just for a moment.

It's a good 2 hour commute total.

Versus my 20 minute normal commute for the past 8 years.

My hat is off to all ya'll who have to deal with that.

I usually fill my gas tank approximately every 2.5-3 weeks.

I think I will have to fill up after about 8 days now.


It has taught me not to take my easy commute for granted. Ever again.

My most interesting pictures during this time...

Toll booth to the northern suburbs...

Toll booth back home into the city!

At least it's sunny on the way home. And I am glad it's not raining.

I had to raid my birthday coin jar for a handful of quarters for the tolls all week. That's a trip!

Tomorrow it will be over. And there will be no rain until the weekend. And it can rain, rain, rain. That means I won't be leaving the house.

So that's what's on my mind immediately for freestyle friday... this commute. I'm learning a bit in the course. I'll post more pics next week. I may go in a little early tomorrow and play around with some data since it's the last day. That way, I can ask the last of my questions (and you know I've been asking a load of questions).

Song of the Week. "Sally Ride" by Janelle Monae. I'm not a big fan of hers, but she did a set on the Today Show, and since I have a subscription to Spotify, I'll listen to a whole CD in a heartbeat.

That chick said "I'm packing my spacesuit, and taking my shit and moving to the moon...."

That's a perfectly arranged song, and especially if it's not sampled... she is on some ol' Janis Joplin, Jimmie Hendrix, Fleetwood Mac, Jefferson Starship vibe. Very different.

Hmmm... There's a lot going on in that song. A bunch of themes rolled up into one. And if you know the story of the first female astronaut, the late Sally Ride, enough said.

That whole Electric Lady CD is very good. No doubt, she'll snatch a few Grammy's with this one. She has a song with Prince, which is unusual these days.The whole CD is swinging waaaay over on the LGBT side. Nothing wrong with that. I have a problem with her being all secretive about her lifestyle. Uh, honey, the CD says a lot.  It has me wondering... is that the new publicity tactic now? Be all androgynous and keep people guessing your preferences?

I don't know. And this is why I rarely listen to current music. Too confusing.

She is a bit too frenzied for me... all that jumping around wears me out. And this opera android storyline... I like my black science fiction, but I prefer it in print, lol.

Maybe I'm just getting old. But I can't knock her creativity. Finally, someone who isn't sampling left and right.

She has her audience. More power to her.

 *returning to Earth Wind and Fire Greatest Hits CD*

That's it for me. Off to the surburbs for the last time. I can't wait to get home this evening. I may do a cartwheel right out there in the driveway, lol.

Enjoy your friday!

And have a good weekend!

On purpose.

1 comment:

  1. I know the feeling with the commute. I use to have the 35 mile commute that could be anywhere from 45 min to a 2 hour drive. Now, I can get to work in 5 minutes and use 1/4 tank a gas.

    Did you know the tolls are due to come down in Nov?


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