I don’t know if you’ve heard. Sunday June 29 was a NATIONAL HOLIDAY!!! Did you know that? That’s right boys and girls, June 29 was national “Stop in front of Ramblingmom” day. I guess today was the day that people decided that I’d best not ramble anywhere.
I went to pick up DallasMom and her lovely family at the airport. As I was headed there, for some unknown reason some car stopped in the automatic toll lane. After I got the Dallas folks (people driving crazy through O’hare arrivals is not noteworthy) we went to Wendy’s for lunch — when we were leaving some car was stopped in the lane of the parking lot (right next to real parking spots — I couldn’t figure out what she was up to — but now, in retrospect, she was involved in celebrating this auspicious holiday). As I drove around some side streets to get back on the road to their sleeping quarters another car was stopped at an intersection for no apparent reason.
Later, after I dropped off the family and was heading back to the minivan lane (heading west on the Eisenhower) for some unknown reason traffic came to a sudden and complete halt on the expressway (this should not be a surprise — there’s always an inexplicable tie up on the Ike — and I mean always — you could be on there at 3am on a Tuesday and there will still be a backup somewhere). And when I say “sudden” I mean SUDDEN. I had to slam on my brakes to miss the traffic — and I popped over onto the shoulder because I wasn’t quite sure the guy behind me was going to make the stop.
So after all that, I figured it must be some kind of national holiday. All for me, isn’t that sweet.
Hey — at least I know my brakes can make a quick stop from 70 mph 55 mph — the speed limit.