Thursday August 21st in the year of our Lord 2014 we should be en-route from the Poconos to Colonial Beach, on the Chesapeake Bay in Virginia. It is a fairly good distance for us, about 300 miles. We will go THROUGH Philadelphia, then Baltimore (OUCH), Skirt Washington DC on US 301 and into Virginia.
Most likely this will be our last time in this area. The traffic is a little heavy for a person my age. I look forward to getting south of DC, there is less traffic all round.
Most drivers are courteous but the speed limits seem not to be important anymore. I think that stems from what I was told as young driver, “You are pretty safe from a ticket as long as you stay 5mph or less OVER the limit.” I really believe that was true back then, but now it seems that 10-15mph over the limit is becoming the norm. 15-20 is not even unusual. (many drive 85 in a 65).
Folks who have never been in an accident do not know how fast they happen. People still pass me going in excess of 70mph and are texting. We have the attitude, ‘It cannot happen to me’ mentality, BUT IT CAN.
Speaking of which, so many things in life I never thought would happen to us or in our families or that of close friends:
…… Arguments over inheritances no matter how small. (So far not in our immediate families) but has in the extended family.
……Drug addictions (OUCH)
……Suicide (1st cousin)
……Death by auto accident (1st cousin)
And then there were things that happened to fulfill hopes:
…. becoming a General contractor.
….having good health
….owning our homes and be able to pay the taxes.
…..growing old together as a couple.
…..Seeing the Yukon, Alaska, Hawaii, London, Athens, Istanbul, Nova Scotia (over 26 countries), All 50 states and the list goes on and also continues..
The Positive things I did not dream of:
(Some are clowns)
….Wonderful Grand kids, All of them great and good citizens. Even some on the Dean and Chancellor's Lists.
…Great Grand Daughters that are a JOY to be around.
…The possibilities to travel anywhere we want to go and about anytime. (but we must be home for marriages and graduations )
It is not possible to trade things that have happened, but if I could, I would trade ALL the positive things that have happened to ME, if it were possible to RID the past of Drugs and Divorce in our families.
But since that is impossible, we will live for the day and dream. Accept what is dealt and pray that the damage caused by Drugs and Divorce will eventually be healed.
I try to think positive.
Another Street Rod form the 1930’s