Today I sat on the highway with my car in park for 1 hour waiting to cross the Throgs Neck Bridge and watching my gas gauge get lower and lower. When my little "get gas now, seriously, NOW" light came on I panicked. I was either going to run out of gas in that absurd standstill or I was going to run out of gas on that bridge. There was no way around it.
Or was there?
In a completely panicked state I got out of my car on the highway and began knocking on other car windows. I politely (read: desperately) gave directions:
"Hi! Would you please move forward a few inches I need to get to the exit, I'm almost out of gas. Thanks!"
"Heyyy, I'm almost out of gas, would you back up a few inches so I can squeeze through to the exit?"
"Hey, um I need to get out of here.. I'm on empty- can you move into that other lane so I can get by?"
And so on.
I was in the left lane and needed to get across 5 lanes to the last exit in the Bronx before the bridge. The commuters I encountered clearly thought I was insane, but they cooperated- reluctantly.
Anyone from the Throgs Neck area of the Bronx? Do you guys use gas? Seriously? Once I got off the exit I had to search for gas. My GPS kept taking me to stations that had closed or moved. I was freaking out to say the least. Finally, I found a Mobile that was conveniently out of regular unleaded. They only had "Super" which is obnoxiously more expensive. I had just about had it, but I bought $10 worth of "Super" gas. More like super stupid gas. Infuriating.
Once I had some gas in my car and found a place to pull over and finish panicking, I collected myself and took a different bridge back to the island. There was a huge storm on long island today- hail the size of golf balls and larger! Almost all of the traffic lights I came to were out. It took 4.5 hours to get home instead of 1.5.
Worst. Commute. Ever. I guess it could have been worse- it could always be worse. I'm glad it wasn't.
I kind of wish I had a picture of this traffic jam, but it would give you anxiety- for real.
(No seriously- happy August.. I'll be more happy about it tomorrow- promise.)