Back from the Parkway

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This is what your eyes look like, after 100 miles on the Parkway.

It’s 112 miles, round-trip, to and from my sister’s house, most of it on the Garden State Parkway, and although the traffic wasn’t quite as bad as usual, it’s still what I would cal a long drive; and now that I’ve done it, my eyes are all oogy.

I try, I really try, to maintain a safe stopping interval between my car and the car in front of me. I may be the only driver in New Jersey who still tries to do that. A peek into the rear-view mirror tells me that mine is indeed an archaic attitude. I expect to have disturbing dreams tonight. But at least we got to see my brother and sister for a few hours.

I have had my cigar, and now y’know what I need, before I try to take a nap? A cat video! Let’s see if I can find a good one.

About leeduigon

I have lived in Metuchen, NJ, all my life. I have been married to my wife Patricia since 1977. I am a former newspaper editor and reporter. I was also the owner-operator of my own small business for several years. I wrote various novels and short stories published during 1980s and 1990s. I am a long-time student of judo and Japanese swordsmanship (kenjutsu). I also play chess, basketball, and military and sports simulations. View all posts by leeduigon

6 responses to “Back from the Parkway

  • Linda Sorci

    Being out on the roads anywhere these days can be anxiety-filled. Praise God for your safe trip – and for family. Have a nice nap, Lee. 🙂

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  • Erlene

    Very happy to see you made it back in one piece. It is always questionable. I have night blindness, so can’t be on the road
    after dark and don’t even attempt it any more.

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    • leeduigon

      My sister lives so far away, we can’t stay more than two hours or so: we have to get off the Parkway before it gets dark. The way they make headlights now, with so much glare, I’m amazed anyone can drive at night at all. I can do it, but I don’t like it!

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  • Phoebe

    Another thing to be thankful for: the end of a grueling Parkway drive.

    And did you notice that when you try to keep a safe distance from the car in front of you, some other driver takes that as an invitation to cut in between you and that car-in-front-of-you? So you drop back to keep the safe distance from THAT car, and guess what happens next?

    I don’t drive on highways any more. (Actually, I can’t, because of my increasing vision problems, e.g., no depth perception and slower focusing reflexes.)

    Anyway, welcome home. 🙂

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  • thewhiterabbit2016

    I’m with you Lee, I keep a safe distance between me and the car in front of me when on the highway. What cracks me up (pun not intended) are those who tailgate at high speeds even when it isn’t necessary. There is probably some initials that describe it like OCD.

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    • leeduigon

      Then there are the yo-yos who cut in front of you to fill the gap. I don’t know why they do that.

      You should see the Garden State Parkway when it snows–cars scattered all around like tinker toys.

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