I've been on the phone with him for the past three hours while he's been stuck in traffic. We're only off the phone now becuase his cell phone battery died (and yes, he uses an earpiece.. unlike every other driver in VA). 3 hour commute and he's not actually home yet. He decided to stop at the store that he'd been inching his way toward for the past 20 minutes. If he actually makes it here by 7:30 I'll be shocked.
The Inaguration is happening tonight. They've already closed down an insane number of roads in DC and as of 7 they closed down everything around the White House and the elipse. The traffic channel guy on XM actually just apologized to anyone on 395 and let them know that they weren't going anywhere any time soon. Part of it is the snow. It's that sort of snow that compacts and turns into a slick surface almost immediately. Vdot has been scraping and salting all day and it's just turned into one big ice slick, even on major roads like Gallows (they call it a side street, but it's a HUGE sidestreet). Part of it is that everyone was let out of work early becuase of the weather. Part of it is that the inaguration is going on and all the roads in DC are blocked off. But most of it, honestly, is the fuckhead drivers of Northern Virginia. Oh people are fuck heads everywhere, but I have never encountered so many self important "no, I will go to the head of the line," "no, I will just keep going across this intersection even though it is obviously blocked and I will only be blocking traffic," assholes in my life.
Beyond my simple desire to have people use turn signals EVER, there lies a much deeper and heartfelt need to get even 1/4 of the people who live in this area to get their heads out of their asses when they get behind the wheels of their cars.
And lets not get started on the huge array of status driven fucks who absolutely NEED that H2 to do the grocery shopping. Grrrar