Friday, September 01, 2006


Life in the Fast Lane Friday Five

Here's this week's RevGal Friday Five.

1. Driving: an enjoyable way to clear the mind? a means to an end? a chance to be quiet with one's thoughts? a necessary evil? the downfall of our planet and its fossil fuels? Discuss.

If I ever get kicked out of the pulpit, or decide to leave the pulpit, I would want to drive for a living. Turn on some music, or an engaging and humorous talk program, put your foot on the pedal, and go. I always take the long way, because I love to drive. When I'm driving alone, I can easily clear my head, enjoy the scenery (whether it is urban, suburban, or rural), and calm down.

About 15 miles or so outside of town, there is a strip of 2-lane highway that is being renovated. Only one lane is open. As a result, all day and all night, there is a guy they call the pilot driver. His or her job is to lead cars and trucks through the open lane. That would be a job for me--driving back and forth, leading others to safety. Hey, that's kind of a cool analogy for pastoral work, isn't it? We are kind of like pilot drivers when we are at our best.

2. Do you drive the speed limit? A little faster? Slower? Have you ever gotten a ticket?

Ever since I've gotten cruise control, I drive just a little faster than the speed limit.

Just after college I received two speeding tickets. One for going 40 in a 35 zone (last day of the month ticket), and one for going 80 in a 55 zone (I was REALLY late to sign on the radio station).

Also, just after college, I got a car. I crashed it the first day I had it. That was the first ticket I ever got, and the worst one I ever got, too. Failure to yield.

I have not received any tickets since. Not telling how many hubby has gotten.

3. Do you take public transportation? When? What's your opinion of the experience?

Public transportation doesn't really exist here. When we visit east coast areas, we use public transportation. We loved using the train to get from Trenton to NYC this past New Year holiday, and my son and I loved the Subways in New York. Atlanta's MARTA is great. A great way to people watch.

4. Complete this sentence: _____________ has the worst drivers I've ever experienced.

Everywhere has the worst drivers I've ever experienced. I noticed that in our cross country drive this summer. No city is immune to poor driving.

Having said that, Dallas does have terrible drivers. The scary thing is that I've learned to drive just like them. My husband commented that I now drive like a Texan as I whipped through traffic on a Cleveland interstate this summer.

5. According to the Census Bureau, reverendmother's fair city has the 6th longest average commute in the United States at 29 minutes each way. How does your personal commute rate?

My commute is zero. The longest drive I make on a daily basis is to my son's school, which takes anywhere from 5 to 10 minutes. The church takes about two minutes if the light is green.

Bonus for the brutally honest: It has been said, and the MythBusters have confirmed, that cell phones can impede driving ability almost as much as drinking. Do you talk on a cell phone while driving?


"Not telling how many [tickets] hubby has gotten"

It's true, and you know it.
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