Continuing the Challenge: Southern Californian’s Quirks – Day 2
Learning to stay calm in any situation is an art form. Particularly when it involves staying calm while stuck in traffic.
In Southern California, where the term road rage was invented, staying calm in traffic is … well … easier said than done. We drive A LOT. We don’t really have a public transportation system, and the distances are long, so we’re left with little choice outside our abused cars.
I’ve long made peace with the fact that I have to drive all over the place: office, home, chauffeur my son to the one million places he must get to for various activities.
Here is how I stay calm when nothing moves on the roads, or try to.
1. I’ve decided that since I have almost no time to get my news at home, in front of my TV, I catch up on all the news events while driving, so my radio dial is firmly set on NPR.
In fact, I look forward to my time alone in my car with my lovely NPR.
Yesterday, for example, I learned all about Google’s Internet balloons. (They are apparently flying balloons with wifi connection in the stratosphere in order to connect remote areas. Sri Lanka will be one of the first countries to benefit.)
Yup, I’m totally informed now, after listening to the whole shebang on NPR yesterday. Ask me anything you want. I’m ready.
2. Remember, Southern California is a beautiful place. We have hills, mountains, the ocean, climbing rocks, you name it. So, between catching up on the news and admiring the scenery outside my window, I’m set.
Take that, traffic.
I know I am to nominate someone for the challenge, but there are so many names coming to me right now, I can’t choose only one anymore.
I leave the photo challenge open to all of you, my dear blogging friends. So, jump in, if you’d like, and run with it. Just let me know.
Here are the rules, however flexible: 1) post a photo (photos) each day for 5 consecutive days; 2) attach a story to the photo. It can be fiction, non-fiction, poetry, a paragraph – all entirely up to you; 3) nominate another blogger to carry on the challenge. Your nominee is free to accept or decline the invitation! More importantly, have fun!
And if you’d like to share anything about traffic where you are, I’d love to read it in the comments.
Now, I’m off to visit your blogs, sorry I’m a bit behind. Blame it on TRAFFIC :)