August 31, 2005

the first day of school

When I was young (oh, I'm so terribly, terribly old!), I looked forward to the first day of school almost as much as I looked forward to the last day of school. In elementary school, I remember anxiously walking around the corner to Hollow Hills Fundamental School, about a week before class was to begin, to browse the class-assignment postings near the cafeteria and main office areas. I'd scan for my name, wondering who else would be in my class, if I got the teacher I wanted, etc. And then, on the first day of class, the question would be of seating assignments... who would be my neighbor for the next several months? Would we get to choose our own seats?

Yeah, I was a huge dork (and still am). In junior high and high school, I was always excited to start my new classes, to see how my friends and non-friends had changed over the summer. Even in college, the first day of any class was always met with an excitement that I still find hard to explain.

But now that I'm a rickety-old adult, I meet the first day of school with shudder. See, first day of school means the beginning of nearly nine months of miserable morning commuter traffic. And today was the first day of school. I was prepared for things to be moving slower, but not to the extent that it did!

It was almost comical - yesterday, the streets and freeways were relatively serene, with everybody moving at an average pace - and today, the city streets were packed with SUVs transporting kids dressed in their finest to one school or another. And the freeway was MUCH worse. It's as if half the population decided to take the summer off, because from Simi all the way to the entry gate of Universal, traffic was much heavier than it has been in awhile.

UGH! It makes me want to carpool, but the lady I would typically carpool with is both unreliable and, well, she drives me insane. And that's just no good. Maybe I just need a helicopter - that would solve this inconvenience!


posted by julie at August 31, 2005 09:53 AM

things people have said

Two words: jet pack.

Or is that one word: jetpack?

so said: Erik at August 31, 2005 10:04 AM



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