OK, so elementary school pick-up procedures vary a lot! Our particular school has a lot of kids. If I want any shot of getting out of that parking lot in reasonable time, I need to be there a good 40 minutes before dismissal….for real. It’s fine really……that few minutes of the day has become my refuge of thought and planning. I have my perfect spot, my I-Pod, my notebook and iced tea or hot chai.
Today was no different really….oh, but wait it was raining and it’s election day! Double trouble! I went to school 1 hour and 45 minutes early. Being that it was raining, I wanted to park and wait in the car line….behind what will be the bus line. I parked my car in the coveted first spot. Feeling pretty good, I went in to do my business…..vote! (you have a dirty mind!) When I came out a few minutes later, to my surprise I was no longer the first person in the car line. Granted, it was raining…but Holy Tomatoes Batman! An hour and a half early!? Crud….I had the coveted first spot…I couldn’t leave! So, there I was stuck in what was bound to become the Valley of the Car Line. So what did I do…….I did what all good writers do. I grabbed my notebook, my pen, put on my I-Pod and began to pen this post. I am a bit old-fashioned. I prefer to to put pen to paper before most of my posts.
As I was sitting there, the traffic was growing, the rain began coming down even harder. The car line was growing and the people coming to vote were confused where to go. A car pulled up next to me and the driver just stared at me. I motioned for her to go around me. I got flipped the bird….such a lovely suburban outlet we live in! I just smiled and went back to writing…wanting to eviscerate her in fiction (line from the movie Knight’s Tale ). I suppose it’s a good thing to see people coming out to vote. I just wish they were a little nicer about it….jeez! The rain was really coming down. I had my hot chai, my notebook, my I-Pod….life’s good.