Warning: The following is a rant. But, it's followed by happier words. :)
This week has been beyond crazy. Not only have I been up to my eyeballs in deadlines and putting out fires at work, but the commute in and around town has been insane, to say the least.
See, a bridge in our community that crosses the Ohio River was closed last weekend because a crack was found in the structure. This is a bridge that generally carries about 50,000 cars to and from Louisville each day. The decision to close the bridge was the right one, especially in light of the catastrophic collapse of a bridge in Minneapolis a few years ago that killed many people. We certainly don't want that.
But, the discussion about building additional bridges - one in the east end of town and another downtown - has been going on for YEARS and no one has acted upon it. Now, we're in dire straights, down to only two bridges to carry HUGE numbers of commuters each day. And, unfortunately, the intersection where this all comes together downtown surrounds my office building and parking garage, therefore creating mass chaos at the end of each work day. City planners say it's going to be three weeks just to EVALUATE the damage. What the what???
So, each day I curse our local politicans who have not moved forward on this, as well as the well-to-do members of an environmental group who filed lawsuits against building an east end bridge. They claim it's to preserve the land, but it's really to preserve their property value. Do I sound bitter? Well, it's because I am. And don't even get my parents started on the issue. They live on the other side of the bridge and have to leave at 6 o'too-damn-early in the morning to get to work or appointments.
Sorry for the rant, it's just been a tough week. Anyone else deal with this nonsense where you live? Or do you live in a more progressive city/town?
In other news, I do have something to be really excited about this weekend: University of Kentucky football! The Cats take on little brother "rival" the University of Louisville this weekend. Shouldn't be much of a match up - Louisville's not all that. But, it will be fun to be back on campus, tailgating and cheering on the home team. And, the weather is going to be ideal - sunny and 75 degrees. After this terrible week, God is rewarding us with a very nice weekend. Thank you, Lord!
Happy Friday, friends! Enjoy the weekend!
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