“They say the universe is expanding. That should help with the traffic.”

I have just returned from hell. I had a doctor’s appointment in Hyannis. It is cloudy so every tourist is on the road looking for entertainment. I sat through so many light cycles my car started growing weeds and assorted greenery. From today onward, my dance car is empty. Hallelujah!

When I was a kid, every summer day was a busy day. I always found something to do. My town was filled with places to visit. The most expensive spot was the pool at the cost of a dime. I remember the teenagers lying on their towels around the pool. They were couples. The lifeguard kept an eye on them. Many summer days the pool was so crowded you couldn’t really swim, but you could dive. I loved diving off the board. I used to stand on the end, aim at the water then dive. I was probably ten or eleven. Rainy days meant staying inside reading or playing in the cellar. I remember my cowgirl days when I’d pretend to be riding a horse better known as the bannister and the end of the railing going down the cellar stairs. It was a speedy horse.

When I was in my teens, we used to go out more at night. I remember when Carrol’s, the burger joint, opened on Main Street. Hamburgers and milkshakes were 15 cents each. French fries were a dime. It was the spot to be, to hang around, to drive through the lot. It was always crowded. Sometimes we went to the drive-in. The closest was in North Reading. You paid by the car load so my friends and I filled the car. Some nights, we’d go bowling. I was terrible at bowling. We’d miniature golf. I was pretty good at golfing, but sometimes the windmill stymied me.

Fast forward to now. I prefer to be a sloth, to stay home, to wear my cozies and to read or watch movies. I don’t get bored. I like naps. I hate traffic. I’m just fine staying home, my very happy place.

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4 Comments on ““They say the universe is expanding. That should help with the traffic.””

  1. Bob Says:

    Hi Kat,

    The sky is partly cloudy with a predicted high of only 95°.

    Today I proved to be a tremendous klutz. While turning on the light in my downstairs powder room, I stubbed my little toe which caused me to fall down towards the metal shelves where we store the Kleenex and TP. I scraped the back of my left had on the textured wall to break my fall. The resulting cut in the skin on the back of my hand extends from my ring finger to my pointer finger. The cut is right across the top of my knuckles which is the worst place to have a cut. Last night, my better half tripped over her own feet while going up the stairs and bruised her right foot and big toe. We look like the walking wounded.

    Traffic is terrible around here especially when we get some rain. Although, the freeways have been improved in the last few years, but they can’t keep up with the growth in population.

    When I moved back to the Dallas Ft. Worth area to go to college in 1965, the entire population was about a million and a three quarters. The last estimate of the census for the DFW metropolitan statistical area is about eight million people. Thankfully, I only live three miles from work and can drive home in seven minutes.

    I thought about buying an electric vehicle, but the price is so high that I don’t think I will live long enough to recoup my investment in saving gasoline and maintenance costs.

    • katry Says:

      Hi Bob,
      We ended with a high of 73. It even got chilly after the rain. We are now down to the 60’s.

      Yikes, sorry both of you are now injured. I hate even stubbing my toe as it hurts so much. Yours was doubly awful. Nothing is worse than trying to save yourself and getting hurt worse in the process. I hope you both heal quickly.

      There are really only two main roads near me. One is the highway and the other is Rte. 28 which meanders through towns and has many restaurants and motels plus entertainment. That is the one which is usually bumper to bumper. Today, for whatever the reason, the road off the highway was the one filled with traffic. Too many people looking for something to do

      I live only a couple of miles from where I worked so it was always an easy ride.

      I haven’t given any thought to an electric car. They are expensive, and I’d be afraid of not finding a place to recharge it.

  2. lori Says:

    Just popped in to say hello. I think I talked about my slothful ways on FB. Time to take a nap, listen to some music, and go back to sleep.
    Sloths Unite!

    Lori and the crew.

    • katry Says:

      Hi Lori,
      I did take a nap after I got back from Hyannis. Luckily the ride home was much faster than the ride to get there.

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