Friday, March 5, 2010

Driving Miss CRS

Have you ever been to New York?  I mean NYC of course (not upstate, not Long Island, and certainly not wannabe Jersey).  Have you been to the outer boroughs (BROOKLYN, Bronx, Queens, or the garbage Island)?  If you have, you know what it means to sit in traffic.

Now, I hear traffic is horrible around Los Angeles.  Never having been there, I honestly can't compare the two.  But let me tell you that there is nothing, and I mean NOTHING, like sitting in New York traffic.  Usually it's because of 1 of 2 reasons:  everything has to ooh and aah at someone on the side of the road (could be a 10 car accident or just someone changing a tire- doesn't matter you HAVE to slow down and look apparently) or just the massive amounts of cars trying to get into/out of the city during rush hour(s).  I think the longest I've ever sat still in traffic was about 3 hours on the Cross Bronx.  In a pickup truck that decided to start overheating.  What do you do when a car overheat?  Turn the heat on full blast.  Let's not forget to mention it was boiling hot on that June 18th.  Or maybe the 17th.  Either way, it was the day before my cousin's wedding that I was a bridesmaid in and had to get to Syracuse for (I missed the rehearsal because of this traffic...and this was just the beginning of the trip).

Usually when I have to work out on Long Island I'm heading out of the city during rush hour(s) while everyone else is heading in, so traffic really isn't bad for me.  But the other day I was heading home to Brooklyn during rush hour(s).  For some reason the same theory doesn't apply to the evening rush as it does to the morning.  It took me quite a bit of time to get home that day.  But if traffic is moving slow enough, I have things to keep me busy.

Back in 9th grade stuck on the Cross Bronx, all I could do was get a reverse truckers tan while listening to my favorite (then pop) radio station with my foot out the window.  Today, I have my knitting :o).

Yes, I knit while I drive.  I made extra sure to watch the speedometer while doing this the other day, just so I could tell you about it.  I never maxed 15 mph while knitting.  I was working on the Copenhagen Royal Shawl/Scarf (CRS) while sitting there.  I got some pictures to show the progress too!

Peek-a-boo Sunlight

I love this picture!  Try as I might, I could not replicate the sunlight effect, though the whole time I was driving the sun was in my eyes.  Killer.


Coming up on the Grand Central Parkway Exit (I was on the LIE) in Queens.  I tried to get some pics of the old World's Fair Grounds but they either came out blurry or a truck got in the way.  For those who don't know what the heck I'm talking about, the two towers with spaceships on top seen at the end of Men in Black


Don't you just love seeing all those red brake lights?  Yeah, me either.

city skyline

This is my favorite part of the drive.  It was just hitting dusk when I got this one.  Of course I didn't think to roll the window down for the picture until the traffic started moving again so I couldn't get a clear shot.  But driving at night, this view of Manhattan is breathtaking.  


  1. Hmm...I don't know...I've had to deal with the LA traffic and I have a hard time believing there's anything worse than that! ;-) Maybe someone who has done both can weigh in.

    Knitting while driving? Stay safe!

  2. Yikes! I'd be too scared to knit and drive, but I guess it's good that you can get in some knitting during a time-consuming activity. You're right, that first shot of the sunlight through the shawl is lovely.



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