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Can't drive 55 ... or 25 for that matter
August 25, 2008 - Jim Bartholow
We had the unfortunate opportunity to drive out Pike Street shortly after noon last Wednesday. I had heard about the traffic out the Pike during the ongoing widening project, but I had never really run into much of a problem until this trip. I guess we had never tried to travel during this peak hour. I'll tell you this much: never again. A trip that normally takes 15 minutes from our house near Marietta Memorial Hospital took a full 45 minutes. I expected a little back up of traffic, but this started before the I-77 bridge! The traffic was a real pain, but what really got me was the attitude of some of the drivers we share the road with. Scores of drivers passed us on the right to get into the Wal-Mart lot. Leslie and I thought, "Wall-Mart must be really busy." Wrong!! Many of these drivers thought they could get around the bottleneck by cutting through the Wal-Mart and Lowe's lots and pull back onto Pike Street at County House Lane. From where I was sitting _ stuck in this long line of traffic on Pike _ this strategy only messed things up even more. Now, instead of Pike Street traffic crawling along, it crawled even slower to let in drivers from the parking lot. What a mess. I have an to ease the crunch: Make the Lowe's entry just that; an entry only for the duration of construction in the vicinity to discourage people trying to cut in line. I do have to admit, in the interest of full disclosure, that I grew frustrated and tried to sue the middle lane on Pike, thinking it would get me to the funeral home on time. I soon found out the middle lane disappeared into a line of orange barrels. Thanks to whoever let me back in line, no thanks to those who refused to open a space or use their hand signals at me.
Tribe update No one can say the Indians have given up. Seems like some of the young players have taken to playing regularly. And then there's Grady Sizemore. He is every bit the awesome player he was hyped to be. 30 homers soon! 30 stolen bases! Web gems galore! And quit bemoaning the face the Indians no longer have CC Sabathia. He wasn't going to stay in Cleveland for his new contract, I'm convinced. And even with this hot streak the Indians would probably be right at .500 and still too far behind to get into the pennant race. Former Brewer farm hand Zach Johnson looks promising as a pitcher. and Matt LaPorta is a big boy who plays hard (just ask the Chinese national team).
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