Today started out nice. But midday it started raining heavily and the wind trashed around a lot. Our building had several brown-outs and reset our computers. Seeing how windy it was, I checked online for any potential bridge closures. Fortunately, none of the 20 state highway closures involved the 520 bridge. Yes, 20 highway closures.
So I decide to leave work a little early and get to the bus stop at 4:30. My trip is normally about 40 minutes (I bus/bike from Seattle to Microsoft each day). But the bus is running late and arrives at 4:50. This is understandable when we get to the onramp. The bus driver spent 30 minutes trying to get onto the highway. Yes, 30 minutes on the on-ramp.
She gives up and starts taking surface streets. It’s been an hour and we’ve gone 2 miles. Then the power goes out. So we’re on side streets, the highway is backed up, and there are no street or traffic lights which causes a further mess. Yes, a power outage.
Then the bus driver starts cursing and pulls over. At the start of our trip she had lost a contact lense. That’s OK because her other eye was OK… until now! With both contact lenses lost to the unlit floor of the bus, we’re stuck in heavy traffic on a side street with a blind driver! Yes, a blind driver!
After 15 minutes of searching with flashlights we were able to find her lenses. As we get onto the highway (again), I hear over the radio that there is some kind of police action downtown and that they are detouring buses. Boy am I glad that I get off at the stop before the detour!
So I survived: 20 highway closures, gridlock on SR 520, side streets, a power outage, a blind driver, and police action. And it still only took 2.5 hours.