Monday, January 10, 2011

Rainy Days and Mondays . . .

Are you looking at this and wondering why I posted a picture of my street? It looks just like any other street in California on a sunny Monday morning, right?

Well, 15 minutes ago, it didn't look like this at all. It looked like crazy town. That's right, crazy town. It looks like crazy town every Monday morning.

Someone on the Temecula School Board thought it would be a great idea to make Monday "Late Start" day at all the middle schools, and high schools. Which means that every Monday, all the schools in Temecula start an hour later than usual, and they all start around the same time. I repeat, they all start around the same time.  If you are a mother, that statement probably made the hair on your arms stand on end.

Can you imagine navigating a car through all that chaos trying to get kids to 3 different schools on time??  And . . . can you imagine what that's like living on a street next to the elementary school and high school??? That right . . .  you get Crazy Town.

Oh that you could see my street at 8:30 a.m. on Monday morning.  There are smart neighbors who walk kids to school -- all congregating out in front of my house, teenage drivers pretending they are on a virtual race track, mothers driving like maniacs to meet the time deadlines, garbage trucks, garbage cans, and me . . . . getting really worked up as I try to back out of my driveway. I can't even take a photo of the scene because I don't want to incriminate myself just in case I get into an accident.

This morning, I made the mistake of leaving 3 minutes past schedule. I got behind the garbage truck. That, my friends, is total torture when you are frantically trying to pick up the car pool. Start. Stop. Start. Stop. It took over 20 minutes just to make it down the end of the street.

I think this may have something to do with how I got addicted to Diet Coke -- which I  vowed to give up in 2011. I might have to modify that to exclude Mondays. I need an extra large big gulp in a big way.

Post Script:  In case you didn't grow up in the 70's, the title of this post is the name of a song by The Carpenters.  "Rainy days and Mondays alwaaaaays get me dooooown." Loved that alto voice of Karen, did you?


tomiannie said...

Garbage day and school crazy on the same day? That's insanity.

Kristi said...

yep, love the carpenters. I also live just down the street from the elementary school and the catholic schools. I try not to leave the house at 8 or 3. I feel your pain.