Driving Minnesota

Tuesday, July 25, 2006

Lightning Crashes

The sky was pretty dark all day yesterday here in the Minneapolis area. When I left work a little before 5pm yesterday evening it was sprinkling very lightly. As soon as I got onto Hwy 169 it was downpouring. The road was harly visiable and people were already driving like idiots because of the rain.

I can't tell you how many vehicles I saw without headlights on. I don't know about you, but normally this isn't such a big issue with me. But when you can barely see the lines on the road and your wind shield wipers cannot keep up with the extreme amount of rain, it is very important that everyone on the road has their headlights on. I nearly rear-ended a piece-of-crap grey/blue Ford Taurus because the guy didn't have his headlights on. His car blended into the road so well, due to the rain, that by the time I saw him, it was nearly too late to stop.

Later in my drive, while sitting at a stop light in the Hwy 100 construction zone, a bolt of lightning hit so close that it hurt. I literally felt it in my heart. I don't know if it had just startled me of if it was some sort of shock (doubtful), but it physically hurt. When the bolt hit, I saw nothing but white outside of my car. It was amazing!

Tip of the Day: Turn on your headlights when it is raining so I don't rear-end you.

Monday, July 24, 2006

Driving Minnesota

Driving Minnesota. This blog is about just that, driving in Minnesota. The area in and around the Twin Cities (Minneapolis and St. Paul) to be specific. This blog will be a place for me to vent my frustrations about all the idiots, jerks, assholes and bitches that I encounter everyday while driving to and from work (or any where else).

Who am I? Well, to keep from incriminating myself, you can just call me Mike. I'm not a car guy. I don't drool over sports cars and the latest gas-guzzling soccer-mom mobiles. I don't load up my vehicle with all the latest doo-dads to get maximum horsepower nor do I roll on twenties. I drive a regular car. Nothing fancy. And I'm content with that. A car has always just been a means of transportation for me. Getting from point A to point B. I just feel like there are better things I could be spending my money on... like bills... or entertainment... not my ego.

I'm not really trying to achieve anything by writing about my driving experiences on this blog. Maybe some of the aforementioned idiots, jerks, assholes and bitches out there will read this blog, realize how poorly they drive, and change their ways.

Hopefully, I'll be able to post daily. That's my goal for a couple weeks at least. We'll see how far that gets I guess!

Tip of the Day: Driving is more important than the conversation you are having on your cell phone.