Perhaps because of the clutter of my apartment and the commotion in my (adopted) home town, the thing I most love about a cross country drive is moving rapidly across the open spaces of our great nation. While I frequently listen to books on CD as I drive, sometimes I’ll switch off the stereo and let my thoughts wonder. Oftentimes, it is the ideas expressed or images evoked in the narratives I hear which inspire me.
Well, those thoughts only seem to come when the traffic flows. And after some tense driving to get out of Chicagoland, a pleasant drive across northern Indiana and northwestern Ohio helped set my mind to rambling. I hardly listened to the Barnes and Noble Portable Professor “Course,” When Gods Walked the Earth: Myths of Ancient Greece that I love so much and have listened to before (even as I disagree with some of lecturer Peter Meineck’s interpretations of some myths).
All until I hit bumper to bumper traffic, worse than my experience in LA last Friday in north central Ohio, the state (but not the region where I was born and grew up). I thought there had been a major accident that was difficult to clear. But, no, it was just very poorly managed road construction.
So, poorly was it managed that twice, I turned off the engine, got out of the car walked around. I wasn’t the only one.
Now, I could blame this on the state’s Democratic Governor, but recall that in my 2003 cross country drive, I encountered the same poorly managed road construction (though on I-71, not I-80). That time, though, we didn’t stop long enough to allow me to get up and walk around. The state had a Republican Governor back in ’03. [Read more…]