Long Commute

Today was the worst commute I’ve experienced since my office was moved to Owings Mills and I’ve had to drive myself rather than ride mass transit.  A tractor trailer flipped over and spilled fuel on to northbound 95 about 15 cars in front of me.  I couldn’t see the accident, I only heard about it on the XM radio traffic report.  I didn’t see any ambulances or med evacs so I’m hoping that everyone was safe and uninjured.  All lanes were blocked for nearly 2 hours as the road crews cleaned up the mess, taking my total commute time up to 3 hours. 

It’s interesting being on a four lane highway when nothing is moving.  People were getting out of their cars and walking around, getting updates from the road crews, and sharing stories with other stranded commuters.  It was really intriguing to people watch.  It was also a really nice day and I think people had a touch of spring fever just sitting in their cars. 

On the plus side, I finished my audio book, “Hit Man” by Lawerence Block.  I decided a few weeks back to make better use of my commute and listen to some books.  I started with “How to Win Friends and Influence People”, a staple of the business world and then I listened to the Orwell classic “1984”.  I joined Audible a few weeks back and for $15/month I get an audio book a month.  It takes me about that long to listen to a full book in between podcasts. 

Another positive that came out of today was my work bonus comes this week.  To reward myself for another 6 months of loyal labor to Legg Mason, I picked up a new piece of glass for my camera addiction hobby.  I wanted a wide angle lens for some ideas I have for Shutter On The Street and some studio shots I have in my head so I picked up Canon’s widest lens, the 10-22mm f/3.5-4.5.  Due to my long commute, I didn’t get to play with the lens very much so we’ll see what the next few days hold. 

Canon EF-S 10-22mm f/3.5-4.5 USM SLR Lens for EOS Digital SLRs
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One Response to “Long Commute”

  1. Mom-Mom
    May 18, 2008 at 2:52 pm #

    Shawn, you can get them from the library for free or a $1.00 if you reserve a new one. You have them for 3 weeks and generally can renew for another 3 weeks. I do it all of the time.

    Love,
    MM

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