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Re: MD/beltway traffic

I know I've said this before, but thank goodness I live in rural
Iowa...I could not stand that kind of traffic!!!! If it takes me more
than 15 minutes to get somewhere, forget it! Unless, of course, it's a
nice, peaceful drive on dirt or gravel roads out in the
countryside...that I'm up for on any nice, sunny day! My favorite drive
is out to the old church/cemetery where my husband's entire family
(dating back to 1800's) is buried and where someday, God willing, my
tired old bones will rest in peace...it's a little tiny white church
with an old iron work fence surrounding the cemetery, completely
surrounded on all sides by farmland and old timber, with a beautiful
little farm pond just visible over a gentle sloping hill. So
quiet...it's a good place to just think, the lowing of the cows and the
songs of the birds, with the wind rustling through the trees...nothing
better! God bless all of you who put up with living and driving in those
other conditions...I myself would go

  stark raving mad if I didn't have this kind of solitude to bask in whenever I felt like driving 10 minutes into the countryside.

Melody, IA (Z 5/4)

"The most beautiful thing we can experience is the mysterious."    
--Albert Einstein

 --- On Fri 03/21, Marge Talt < mtalt@hort.net > wrote:
From: Marge Talt [mailto: mtalt@hort.net]
To: gardenchat@hort.net
Date: Fri, 21 Mar 2003 21:58:36 -0500
Subject: Re: [CHAT] Hello/now vegetables/MD

> From: Theresa- yahoo <tchessie@yahoo.com><br>> I left MD about 7 or 8
years ago. So now I live in a new place<br>with<br>> gridlock- oh yeah?
What I want to know is where are the places<br>that<br>> everyone has
come from? There should be whole counties somewhere<br>that are<br>>
empty because everyone is moving here!<br>----------<br><br>What? You
moved from one parking lot to another.....yikes! You're<br>right - there
should be scads of places with nobody there, given how<br>many seem to
be moving to the large metropolitan areas. <br><br>Even 7-8 years ago,
it wasn't as bad as it is now. You literally<br>have to plan life around
the rush periods...morning rush now goes<br>from about 5AM to 10AM and
evening rush from 3PM to 8PM. <br><br>Trying to get anywhere is major
frustration. One fender-bender and<br>traffic on the beltway is backed
up for miles. When one of the<br>tractor-trailers turns over (happens
all the time), back-ups can last<br>for most of the day..

..would hate to get caught in one of those; so<br>far have not (knock on
wood).<br><br>I have to drive south to Richmond, VA every other week. We
get back<br>about rush hour and traffic on interstate 95 South (heading
out of<br>DC) is always at a complete standstill for about 15 miles from
the<br>beltway south - for no reason that is readily apparent...just
massive<br>volume. I could not make that commute every day; would blow
my<br>brains out.<br><br>Anybody familiar with the DC area...ignore the
rest of this post:-)<br><br>For those lucky souls who do not live around
here - the beltway is a<br>divided highway (6 lanes each side in some
places) that encircles<br>Washington, DC. The Potomac River separates
Virginia from Maryland<br>and D.C. <br><br>There is 1 bridge on the west
side of DC and 1 bridge on the east<br>side, over which the beltway
travels. There are three bridges going<br>from Virginia directly into
DC. So, basically, all traffic going<br>between Maryland

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