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I was late (well, later than usual) to work this morning. My normal… - cellophane — LiveJournal
the story of an invisible girl
I was late (well, later than usual) to work this morning. My normal route is very simple -- I get on the freeway right by my house, drive about 7 miles, get off the freeway right by my office.

This morning when I got on the freeway, traffic was practically at a standstill. This is particularly strange, since it was past rush hour.

Well, traffic continued at a snail's pace for about 5 miles. We'd drive for a bit, then stop, then inch forward, then drive, then stop again. Very aggravating!

I figured there must be a bad accident up ahead, to have caused so much congestion. Eventually I inched forward enough to see construction signs. Construction? But there wasn't anything going on just last night...?

Then I noticed that the "right lane closed" signs were temporary, made of plastic that can easily be moved and stowed. Weird. Finally I made it up to the lane closure (which was just blocked off with orange cones, not barrels), to find that the lane was only closed for about 20 yards. I drove past the closed lane and looked into it to see:

A guy on a ladder.

Seriously. Just a guy, standing on a yellow step ladder in the middle of the right lane. The ladder wasn't under anything, it was just there. The guy wasn't doing anything that I could see, just standing on it.

I crawled through 30 minutes of traffic jam for this? A guy on a ladder?? What is this, some sort of modern art? Immediately after the ladder-guy, the lane opened up and traffic started moving again. Very surreal. At least it made for a good story, when I finally made it into work....
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bob_the_mighty From: bob_the_mighty Date: November 12th, 2004 09:04 am (UTC) (Link)
Possible thoughts going through Ladder Guy's head...

"Wasnt there a bridge here before?"

"This doesn't look like my burnt out hallway light fixture"

"I can see my house from here!"


zanthrin From: zanthrin Date: November 12th, 2004 09:44 am (UTC) (Link)
Although I feel terrible when people are hurt, I at least feel somewhat ... justified? vindicated? not sure, none of those work ... when I've been caught in traffic, and finally pass the twisted wreckage of a huge accident.

On the other hand, what seems to happen all too often is that traffic slows to a standstill for half and hour ... and when you finally reach "it," you find that everyone is slowing down to 15mph so that the cop on the side of the road won't catch them, or something similarly lame. I've told Kim that if she ever catches me rubbernecking like that, she can slap some sense into me :)
polaron From: polaron Date: November 12th, 2004 10:05 am (UTC) (Link)

That's...Just Bizarre

I would've loved to've heard the traffic report about that one:

"There's a slowdown on I-75, man on a stepladder in the center lane...

...motorists are advised to not, repeat not run him over..."
elizilla From: elizilla Date: November 12th, 2004 01:45 pm (UTC) (Link)
Maybe it was a surveyor, and he needed to get up high so he could see the guy at the other end with the tripod, somewhere off the freeway.
renniekins From: renniekins Date: November 13th, 2004 10:10 am (UTC) (Link)
Yeah, that is the most likely explanation I could come up with as well.... It was still just really surreal though!
jeffreyab From: jeffreyab Date: November 14th, 2004 06:50 pm (UTC) (Link)
So you never did find out what he was doing?
renniekins From: renniekins Date: November 15th, 2004 09:58 am (UTC) (Link)
Nope. Didn't really investigate though -- I had work to do.
bjorng From: bjorng Date: November 15th, 2004 05:25 am (UTC) (Link)
It can be a bit less frustrating when you see the cause of the backup. I'm still not used to traffic on my commute. Half the time when there's a backup on I-85 down here, there's no discernible reason for it. (I've written more than enough about the times when I *have* seen the causes.)
From: (Anonymous) Date: November 17th, 2004 03:22 pm (UTC) (Link)

At least it was only a guy

Monday night I got to witness this across the street while I waited for the light to change:


and today's followup:


Pretty nasty. The truck did go airborne, while the bumpers and other bits of plastic slid across the intersection and the buick, turned 90 degrees by the impact, slowly rolled up to the restaurant. It's a sickly feeling to see this unfold and then be stuck on the other side of the intersection with traffic whizzing by and unable to do anything, especially when you see those twisted heaps of metal and noone in them moving.

A. :-)
renniekins From: renniekins Date: November 17th, 2004 06:30 pm (UTC) (Link)

Re: At least it was only a guy

Oh my God, how awful! I've never seen a crash that bad -- those cars were seriously mangled. Glad you were on the other side of the road....
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