Saturday, July 27, 2013
No cross -- No Care!
Summer provides me great respite from having to commute across the bridge.
During this blissful bridge crossing sabbatical, I have made a most astounding, albeit discouraging discovery. I believe I have uncovered the mystery as to why there is such complacency, by many in Seattle, about the ridiculous and unbelievable West Seattle bridge commute situation.
The complacency of the multitudes of non West Seattle bridge commuters is quite simply the result of ignorance stemming from inexperience. Stupid non-commuters -- they don't care and they don't even care that they don't care.
Example: I have a friend who all but dismissed my complaints about the horrendous nature of my daily commute across the bridge. Whenever I would describe the utter moronic bridge experience -- and begin to foam at the mouth and rage on about how ridiculous and unacceptable it was -- she would simply nod her head and respond in a most unsatisfying yet polite way. "Yes -- that must be very frustrating." she would say outwardly, while clearly yawning and playing the violin in her head. She had grown weary of me crying about my commute -- she really had no idea of my pain. That is the problem -- if you don't commute across the West Seattle bridge, you simply can't imagine the stupidity of it.
However, today my friend's summer schedule requires that she cross the West Seattle bridge, daily. And guess what? She now "gets it" and has earned her stripes. She is an angry bridge warrior. And has become a vocal objector, posting complaints on FB.
As much as I hate to admit, now that the only commuting I must do is up and down Admiral Way on my way to Alki beach, I can see why most people don't care about those schmucks who must drudge their way across the bridge. For goodness sakes, we have more important things to worry about -- like whether or not to have foam in our lattes.
And that is why we will likely never see the bridge crossing situation improve -- because the large majority of Seattleites have no idea, and therefore couldn't care less, about how messy, unacceptable, time wasting, crappy. f'd up the morning commute is on the West Seattle bridge.
In summation, I give you this: No cross -- no care. End of story.
*** Please note that I will soon have to resume my place among the thousands of commuters I lovingly refer to as my bridge buddies.