Most days I have a pretty boring commute to work, but while in traffic the other day this was the view from my window.
A woman riding a horse, another one behind her (this isn’t a great shot, but you can see her near the white car). She moved right along while the rest of us waited for a line of cars to squeeze past the green light before the red light brought traffic to a halt. Not a common sight around here — the horse rider.
Oh, if I just had a horse. The line of cars would mean nothing. Of course I haven’t ridden one since age ten, when a friend’s parents offered pony rides … if you call that ‘riding a horse.’
And today … this:
A sinkhole caused by a water main rupture, and all the mess that comes with diverting traffic around a major street. Luckily I’ve been driving this route for ten years, and back roads are my friends. And so, I looped around and drove.
I was waiting for the group Missing Persons to come on the radio any moment with No one walks in L.A.
Commuting is a tedious business, but it also gives me time away from home or office noise, time to hear myself think. Time to catch up on the news. And, hey, it can be amusing, and an exercise in inspiration — the woman, the horse in the middle of traffic. On a day like today it’s definitely an exercise in ingenuity — zigzag through the back roads and make it to the office on time.
Streets have bike lanes — that wouldn’t work for me distance and time wise — but I found myself wondering: what would it be like if more areas were zoned for horses?
Hmm. The rider in my picture looked serene as she rode undisturbed by the ups and downs of traffic. And I remember this story about the urban cowboy in Detroit not long ago, the headline screaming, Man turns heads in Detroit as he rides horse instead of driving.
We’re nowhere near the spectacular driving advances we see in sci-fi movies — electric cars zooming past without a glitch. But our expectations to get from point A to point B remain high or are even higher, at least in urban areas.
That’s a problem. So, I admire the spirit of the horse rider and the urban cowboy, and naively wish something like that would be a small solution to our traffic issues and all the auxiliary problems. All right, emphasis on naively wish.
With that in mind, I hope your day/commute is going well.
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