Seattle… Interstate 5… Rush Hour… Brake Lights…
‘Rainy days and Mondays always get me down,’ a line from the Carpenter’s 1971 hit song, speaks to me on certain days. This shot was taken just above the intersection of Interstate 90 and Interstate 5 as rush hour traffic is just beginning to build in downtown Seattle at about 05:50, it gets worse, much worse. Most of the time, rainy days and Mondays don’t get me down, but Mondays especially after a long holiday weekend I must confess to a bit of wishful thinking, how nice it would be to be a stay at home wife. As a stay at home wife, I could have an extra cup or two of hot coffee, and cook breakfast for my husband, or make scones on a Monday instead of a Sunday! I could blog and visit my cyber friends in far flung places to see what is transpiring in their neck of the woods. I could walk Lucy in the daylight instead of the dark.
I wouldn’t miss the layers of clothes to keep the cold damp of Seattle weather out of my bones, the long sleeves, camisole, knee high socks and down vest, oh and let’s not forget a rain coat! I wouldn’t miss pre-tripping a forty foot school bus in the dark, in the rain, so cold inside that it takes a quarter hour for the heaters to begin pumping out warm air. I wouldn’t miss the blast of cold air every time I load students. I wouldn’t miss the brake lights, the traffic congestion, the motoring public who ignore the safety of students when they break the law and run through my stop paddle or cut me off to make sure they’re not stuck behind a school bus.
But I would miss my friends, fellow bus drivers, and my students (all 200 or so of them!) and how they brighten and keep my days interesting. Ah well, wishful thinking… it’s Monday, off to work, may I bless and brighten the day of someone else! 🙂
PS… No I was not driving and shooting! I was standing on an overpass on my own two feet! 🙂