People on the Highway

I’m trying out a new path home from work.  As a semi-professional liar storyteller person, the new route is amazing.  It is peak Colorado front range.  I see cattle pastures, oil derricks, corn fields, industrial concrete recycling, small town schools, manufacturing plants that smell funny (likely because they are next to giant giant mounds of fresh fertilizer, but that is beside the point).  I see a new story setting every five minutes.  I am very much enjoying the new path.  Another thing it has going for it; very few other people on the road.

Consisting mostly of side roads, I don’t have to deal with too many Honda sedans with a texting driver at the wheel.  The standard situation for Honda sedans in Colorado at least.

Today, I had company on the commute and this is her story.

Today’s tale: Sunny

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People on the Highway

With the book promotion (free book right here!) going on, I thought perhaps now is time to get back into the series that started it all.  Ah, nostalgia.

I took a new job about six months ago.  No longer working from home, I have taken to a regular commute.  I’m only on the road for thirty to forty minutes in the morning, but rejoining the commuter lifestyle has been incredibly odd.  That is in part because I am on the road at 5:00 in the morning.

5am is a totally different beast than 7am.

Most notably, car accidents are different at 5am.

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People on the Highway

At some point in our lives, we all must realize that every one is the hero of their own story.  Each person is on their own quests, battling their own ‘boss fights’.  While I see the guy at the deli counter as the butcher, he sees me as the customer that buys just way, way too much pastrami.  All those people that ignore yield signs, follow far too close, or otherwise fail to drive properly must have reasons for such actions.

Recognizing other people’s stories is at the heart of all these People on the Highway posts.  It’s a good reminder that other adventures are going on around me.  Today all my comic book and video game experience finally came into the real world when I saw an actual, without a doubt, beyond question quest item drive by me.  A blue wheel barrow in the back of a gray work truck.

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People on the Highway

My dad and I were running errands one afternoon when I about 14 years old.  He would have been right around my current age at the time.  I remember the day being warm, sunny and we were zipping down a four lane road in a weird residential/commercial zone.  Heading northbound we saw a large group of people standing in front of a house on the right side of the road.  It looked like a party and parties are fun so we honked and waved as we drove by.  A few people in jeans and baseball caps turned our direction, but did not wave back.

Shielded from our view was a hearse.  It was a funeral home.  We honked and waved at a wake.  Not exactly our best moment.

I bring this up because today I saw a fellow driver’s face turn from complete joy -ear to ear smile, head bobbing to music – to suddenly remembering something dumb they did in 10th grade.  We’ve all been there, buddy.

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People on the Highway

I love the first week of the “Spring Forward” Daylight Savings.  Not the part that involves the complete destruction of my children’s sleep patterns or waking up in the dark, but the morning commute is certainly amusing.  This entire week the average speed on my drive to taking kids to day care has been 50 miles per hour.  In a 55.  For one week every driver on the road has this shared experience of being just too dang tired to hit the speed limit.  It’s a regular bonding experience.  Next week every one will be adjusted to the time change and we’ll all go back to speeding, tailing and not signaling; but this week is amazing.

Moving just a little slower gives a bit more time to observe other drivers too.  I mean, we’ll still moving far too fast to really look at anything, but there’s a lot less blur at 50 than 55.  I digress.

Today’s tale: Detailed

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People on the Highway

It has been a long couple of days.  Oldest kiddo took a kick to the face at daycare (turns out you have to step away from the slide instead of watching the next kid come down it).  He’s been nursing a fat lip for days.  Not one to be left out, the toddler decided that tripping over his feet and slamming his mouth into a bed frame was just a dandy idea.  He followed that by getting teething related fevers.  It has been a long couple of days of very displeased children.

Some days you just need a win, you know?  This morning I got a little win in the form of a dirty BMW zipping down the highway.

Today’s Tale: Special Delivery Continue reading