The kids weren't happy that Mom didn't dodge the barricades and charge down the hill to ford door-deep water in four wheel drive. Yes, TWC might have done it. But probably not while it was pouring rain. So, they were late for the movie because they had to drive 15 miles out of the way to get there.
Monday Morning: I know it's one of those congressionally decreed fake holidays but it certainly is eeriely quiet looking out across the valley from my office window at Cajalco Road, which is entirely devoid of traffic.
Cajalco flooded, as it always does, at the bottom of the hill near I-15 right about where the Temescal Creek bridge is. That shuts down the road and foils truckers and commuters from points east, deseperate to avoid the messy freeways. Trouble is that they've turned this winding rural road into something more akin to blood alley.
Mrs TWC is counting on the air bag to save her life when she eventually gets hit head-on by some crazed half-asleep moron passing on a curve because he's sick of following a loaded gravel truck at twenty mph. Or some of those idiot bicyclists from the big city that think it's their god-given right to ride three abreast on a narrow country road with 60 mph traffic and no shoulder because the Vehicle Code says they have as much right to the road as cars do (and they'll give you the bird to prove it).
Whoa. Do you really think anyone is going to swerve into oncoming traffic to avoid hitting your bicycle? Well, yes, actually a few people will do exactly that. We nearly bought the entire family farm a few Sundays ago when some fool decided he was better off to avoid the bikes and cross the double yellow into oncoming traffic on a curve instead.
Served us right, too. Shoulda cooked breakfast at home. Fortunately, in one of those quirky scenes out of a movie, everybody missed each other.
I was about to invoke the term Post-Modern but I suppose that the real post-modernism is the stream of red tailights stretching ever westward at 4:30 AM each week-day morning. But, according to the people that spend my gas tax, Cajalco is destined to be a freeway in another few years. Construction begins in 2007.
Photo Credit: Riverside Press Enterprise-taken near the Temescal Creek Bridge.