QOTD: The Worst Commute of Your Life?
Weather, at least in this neck of the woods, and especially at this time of year, is more often foe than friend. It certainly was yesterday, when a sudden and very heavy dumping of snow arrived just at the beginning of rush hour, spawning a perfect gridlock that lasted for hours.
While your author didn’t have to drive in it, at least not for commuting purposes, the tangled mess of compact crossover owners all attempting to get to that warm cocoon of beige vinyl they call a home tied up freeway traffic well into the evening. For some reason, nary a plow was to be seen — quite odd for Suburban Canada, as Corey Lewis calls it.
The conditions yesterday mirror those experienced on the longest commute I’ve ever faced. Last year, driving from head office in Downtown Canada (Toronto) to my managing editor’s home in Suburban Downtown Canada (Oshawa), another perfect storm transformed what would have been a basic highway trek into a three hour, 15 minute hell slog. Let’s just say there were no secrets between us by the end of that trip.
Far worse weather faced me a few years ago, when 20 inches of the white stuff fell by mid-afternoon one day, forcing me, at one point, to thread my front-wheel-drive compact car through a maze of jackknifed articulated buses before finally ramming the vehicle into my snowbound driveway at the highest speed I could muster (something approaching 3 mph). Call it a victory for the conventional FWD automobile.
As hairy as it was, however, that nightmare commute still ate up half the amount of time as the Toronto snowmageddon trip.
Maybe you’ve seen worse. For any number of reasons — snow, rain, ice, flooding, hail, terrorism, accidents, mudslides, earthquakes, wayward blimp — you might have faced a commute so memorable, it’s still brought up at parties and barbecues to this day. It can’t just be a regular trip, either. We’re talking work-to-home or home-to-work; an ordinary daily slog made treacherous (and lengthy) by unexpected events.
So tell us — what happened, where did it happen, and how long did it take you to find your way home?
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