Sorry, Mr. Codey

April 16, 2007

So here it is early in the afternoon and I’m back home after spending several hours in traffic. The morning commute up the Turnpike was uneventful, if nerve-wracking — the combination of slippery roads, fog, poor visibility and heavy rain is, for many New Jersey drivers, the signal to speed up, cut in front of other cars and abruptly veer across two lanes of high-speed traffic in order to reach an exit ramp.

Upon arrival in Hoboken, I found myself enacting my own version of The Castle, with me as K. All three railroad underpass access points to Observer Highway were closed by floodwater — one even had a couple of half-submerged cars to illustrate the foolishness of trying to bull through. I then joined a conga line of cars up the hill to Palisade Avenue, where I joined another conga line. Along the way I called the office for advice on how to proceed and was told to head home — half the office was still unable to find a way into the city, and those who made it were worrying about what the trip home was going to be like.

The trip back down the Turnpike was another ordeal. But I did finally make it. Nothing like four hours of sitting in your car to make you appreciate your living room.

So when Acting Gov. Richard Codey says to avoid all unnecessary travel today, all I can say in response is: Amen.

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5 Responses to “Sorry, Mr. Codey”

  1. Bill Bowman Says:

    My usual 50-minute commute to the beach took me more than 2 1/2 hours today. Every access road to Rt. 18 was flooded. I got a nice tour of the interior of Middlesex County, though …

  2. Chucky Says:

    At least you live on higher ground. I live on basement level — once I saw “Flood Warning” on the Weather Channel yesterday I knew I would get it good.

    They’re saying this nor’easter is worse than Floyd. NJ.com even posted a photo of a hot tub floating down River Road in Piscataway.

  3. DBK Says:

    As I worked from home this morning, I pondered just how stupid anyone who didn’t absolutely have to go to work today (e.g., emergency workers) must be to go to work today.

    Thanks for clearing that up for me. 🙂

    By the way, my breakfast was fabulous. Love having the time to make a nice guacamole on toast for breakfast and to enjoy a second cup of coffee.

  4. Steven Hart Says:

    Your expression of sympathy and support is deeply touching, DBK.

  5. DBK Says:

    I knew you’d feel the love.

    Weeee hee hee hee!


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