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Rainy Day and Speed

It is one of those days when the rain never stops, the cloud cover is so low, I could forget we are surrounded by beautiful mountains, and twilight starts early in the morning.
I was across town to get some injections into my wrists. (I have a condition called De Quervain’s and am staving off more surgery, the injections are my compromise!!)

Driving back, I am in no particular hurry, there is little point as traffic is always busy and my dream of racing cars is now a distant memory!

A stop light and next to me is the young boy-racer, car engine revving, stereo blazing, and cell phone at his ear. I spare a thought for his mother…I have been there. He takes off in the usual fashion, I cruise along behind. We cross paths a few times on the way to the bridge, his roof rack tells me he is heading for one of the mountains to snowboard and obviously keen to get there.

Due to the traffic, he never really gets ahead of me though he does try. I leave him at my turn-off as he roars past. I hope he gets there safely. I remember driving in a similar manner; I know my son went through the same stage.

On the evening news, it is reported a young man was seriously injured in a car accident, further up that highway; speed was a factor….I don’t know if it was him or not. I understand liking the sensation of speed; I am not that far gone, I don’t remember it. But oh! dear Lord, the consequences can be so very devastating; the cost to many so very high.


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Nov. 26th, 2009 06:25 am (UTC)
I used to like speed, but kinda scared after I got my drivers license (a long time ago, I was in my early twenties)
I'm always the one trying to hit the brake, when I'm sitting next to the driver. ;)
Nov. 26th, 2009 07:06 am (UTC)
I'm always the one trying to hit the brake, when I'm sitting next to the driver. ;) Ha ha, it is just as well you weren't with me when I was young:))

I love the sensation of speed but it has no place in downtown driving. Over here, we seem to have a high number of young guys who die in high speed crashes, especially around graduation time.
Nov. 27th, 2009 12:09 am (UTC)
Maybe there's something wrong with me because I have never liked speed. There are instances when it might be necessary to drive fast because I'm late for work or something but I've never been a, to borrow a line from Top Gun, I feel the need, the need for speed kind of person. And I'm in my early thirties so I don't think it's an age thing.

People driving while they're on the cell phone or, worse, TEXTING, drives me insane. Unless it's an emergency there's no need for it. What about those who drink before getting behind the wheel of a car.... don't get me started on those fools.

I'm going to have to look up De Quervain because I've never heard of it before. I'm about to ask a foolish question that you don't need to respond to; but wouldn't it be easier to have one surgery than to require frequent injections? I'm terrified of needles so that's my fear seeking enlightenment.

Nov. 27th, 2009 12:42 am (UTC)
I tend to agree with you as far as love of speed is concerned, I have always loved the sensation....however...there are race tracks to indulge that, the highway is not the place.

We have a new law starting in 2010 which will ban all hand held devices. I can honestly say, I never use my cell while driving and as I am hopeless at texting, that was never even a thought *g*

De Quervain's; http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/DeQuervain's_syndrome

Without going into the whole boring topic of my health, I have a number of fairly serious medical conditions, with a few surgeries looming. De Quervain's though annoying and uncomfortable, is not serious, at least in my mind and I guess though this would be two simple surgeries, I just don't want more at present. No doubt the time will come and I will give in. I have a good medical team, I am very lucky in that. I also use IMS for this and some other conditions which helps quite a bit.

And now that I have rambled on, I should go and do something about dinner:))
Nov. 28th, 2009 02:31 pm (UTC)
I like rainy days, especially when I can just stay home and watch the rain. Rainy days and driving isn't good though.
Nov. 28th, 2009 05:19 pm (UTC)
Rainy days and driving isn't good though. It never is but when you add speed and cell phones into the mix, it can turn deadly.
Nov. 30th, 2009 12:14 am (UTC)
I can't recall if I liked speed when I was younger, but I do recall getting on the car with someone has been drinking and returning home from beach parties and the like. I shake my head at my stupidity and my luck!

Liz, have you had such difficult health issues for most of your life?

Nov. 30th, 2009 01:39 am (UTC)
I shudder at some of the things I did in my youth...but in our defense, the roads were not as busy, nor the cars as powerful.

Re health, it was quite manageable until about twelve years ago, even then really, I could work around it but the last eighteen months, not so great and I will be happy to see the end of this year.

But you know Robin, I am OK, and very fortunate in that, I don't have to worry about going out to work, or worry how the bills will be paid. My children are up and out on their own and not dependant on me so, no worries. It is what it is, I have more time to play online now:))
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