Writing Prompt

Rush Hour

Describe what it’s like to sit in rush hour traffic in one of the busiest cities in the world

So maybe I should push my toes out? Or maybe I need to pull them back in? I don’t know, but I’m desperately trying to keep the cramp in my right shin from getting worse, but hey, what can you expect when driving in New York City, one of the busiest cities in the world.

But today shouldn’t be busy; It’s the days between Thanksgiving and Christmas, and this time in NYC is know (for those that live in the surrounding areas) as a “not so busy” time, so why am I in bumper-to-bumper traffic on the West Side Highway? Traffic has not moved in a while, like, put the car in park, a while. The view of the upper West Side is less than beautiful at this time of year. Everything has a grey cast to it, and mounds of dirty snow are everywhere, not to mention the massive puddles you’ve got to look out for if you’re walking around.

But back to the leg cramp on the horizon – who’s idea was it for me to take a manual-transmission car into NYC? Yup, that’s me! Things seem to be moving up ahead. The normal jockeying form lane to lane has now reached a fevered pitch.

Cars are honking, cars are halfway between lanes & a guy on his pone is looking to get out of the exit up ahead to save five minutes, but he’s currently in the left lane! Asshole.

As my traffic group finally gets closer to the cause of the problem, we see a green garbage bag (the lawn and leaf kind) in the middle of the road – literally the middle. Does it contain lawn and leaf clippings? I’m in midtown Manhattan, so not likely. Does it contain a dead body? More likely 

Did I finally get past it? I did. Now i have to wait for the light to turn red 4 or 5 times before I can make a left off the highway and into Manhattan proper, but hey, that’s what happens when you visit one of the busiest cities in the world!

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