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Bowling Grumbles

Three quarters of an inch of snow fell this afternoon in central New Jersey. This was sufficient to totally glom up the roads, so it took my wife nearly 2 hours to get home from work. Then she needed to eat somthing, change clothes, etc. So we were an hour and a half late to bowling. We got there in the middle of the 2nd game, too late to bowl in it. So we visited a while, then bowled in the 3rd game. Our team won the first 2 games handily. We sucked in the 3rd game. She rolled 7 under her absentee score, I rolled a terrible 33 under mine. The other 2 people on my team were down too, after doing so well in the first two games. And the other team did quite well. So we lost that game, but won the wood. At least my team lost the last game by a good bit more than the two of us “helped”. So we get 5 out of 7. Then we turned around and came home. It hardly seemed worth it to go, which is what I said before we left. But we have to pay anyway, so we went.

Heading up there and coming back, the roads were pretty good around our town, and perfectly clean and dry a few miles to the north where the bowling alley is. I guess this was a very local storm. I have no idea if 5 points is going to make us go up or down. The top 6 teams played each other tonight, and we’re in 7th place. If they bowled blowouts, we could rise to 5th. HA. We got it!

New Jersey is a small state, with lots of highways. While it has two major east-west highways across the upper and middle of the state, a major highway (the Jersey Turnpike) on the SW-NE diagonal between Philly and NYC, and an east side highway that runs from NYC down along all the coastal shoreline (the Garden State Parkway. “Hey, you’re from Joisey? What exit?"), etc., what it does not have is a north-south highway in the middle or on the west side of the state. There is no real highway between Trenton and anywhere north, nor is there one from Freehold to anywhere north. Thus a whole network of podunk little county roads have been a bit “improved” and try to fill that need. Except they’re all actually local roads, with intersections and stop lights on them every quarter mile. Add snow. And lots of tractor-trailer trucks. And 300,000 cars. It makes a mess right quick, and the result is you just sit in traffic going nowhere. That’s why Princeton, not even 30 miles from here, can be a 2 hour trip. There is also a whole chunk of the state that’s part of the “you can’t get there from here” zone. Actually there are several of them, one about 30 miles to the northwest of us, another that starts about 20 miles south of us, and a huge one in the southern part of the middle of the state. I wish we had another highway or two around here.


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Posted by Drew458   United States  on 01/19/2009 at 10:37 PM   
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