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Wednesday, August 3, 2016

he is a trooper

On a "good" day hubby's commute to work is just over an hour and his commute at the end of the day can average about 65-70 minutes.  On the "best" of days he's done the trip in the morning at about 55 minutes.  The actual distance is only about 50 miles, but a good portion of that is on major highways where everyone and anyone is trying to get to work (Myra will know the roads well, Highway 17 South and 1-10 East).  

I know he's not the only one making such a commute, but I know any commute can be taxing especially dodging traffic here and there.  He uses the GPS on his phone and keeps track of traffic hold ups and takes alternative ways to get both to and from work.  Most of the time it pays off.

Tonight though.......was an anomaly I hope not soon repeated.

Arizona is in monsoon season.  Violent at times, I'll call them, storms filled with lightening and thunder and a dumping of rain.  Flash floods possible. Monsoon season starts middle of June and I think if I remember correctly goes to the end of September (help me with this Myra if I got that wrong).

I could see the dark clouds in the direction he would be traveling from. He texts when he leaves "on my way." (Conversely in the morning, he texts "I'm here" when he gets to work).  

When he text tonight, I told him to be careful because I could see the clouds and how ominous they looked.  He text back and said he had heard of flash flooding in Phoenix.

An hour later he called and reported Highway 17 was closed due to flooding. People were being diverted to the city streets, which was causing major traffic jams all over the city. The storm hit about 5 p.m. Rush hour traffic time.

Hubby eventually made it home.  Three hours after he left work.  Two hours after he normally would have made it home.  

He kept calling and telling me of his progress (or lack of progress).  

Thankfully the 10 o'clock news said Highway 17 is opened up again so hopefully, God willing, his commute in the morning should be somewhat normal.

Funny thing part of the city got over 2.5 inches of rain.  Us where we live?? Barely a shower.  Wet the deck a bit, but dry within minutes.

He and all that traveled the roads tonight were definitely troopers.  I do appreciate his efforts to provide for his family.

(Thanks for all the great comments on my last post; I truly appreciated your input, your insight, your thoughtful words shared. I learned so much and plan to change some things on how I interact with others in the days to come. I've said it before and I'll say it again and again, you guys are all the best.)

Just stay away from monsoons if you can.

Especially during rush hour traffic.

38 comments:

TARYTERRE said...

My husband too has always commuted great distances to have work. It is stressful indeed in regular weather much less when a storm hits. I am glad to hear your spouse is safe and finally home. weather is unpredictable and can cause great damage to those on the road and off.

I'm mostly known as 'MA' said...

There is not a lot we can do about the weather except to endure it. 3 hours on the road would wear one down and I'm sure he was really glad to be home. I know you must have been really glad to see him step in the door too. Those computers are troopers for sure !

Maria Zannini said...

I feel his pain.

One of the reasons I retired early was because the commute from the new house made me miserable. On a good day, it was an hour, but on bad days it could take 2 hours or more.

The worst day was during Christmas season. 3 hours of creeping along on the highway. Still that's better than being stuck during a storm.

Glad he made it home all right.

Pat Hatt said...

Bah, I'd get road rage, not really, but very very annoyed at being stuck in a car for 3 hours barely moving. Suppose it is better than getting swallowed up by a monsoon though. Suffice to say I despise long commutes. But one has to do what they have to do.

Mac n' Janet said...

Glad he made it safely home, commuting is no joy at any time, but 3 hours is awful.
Our storms are really hit and miss too, we had a big one Monday. Savannah nearly always floods when it rains.

Bijoux said...

Flooded roads are indeed scary. I'm glad he made it back safely and being able to keep in touch during is probably the best part of modern day technology.

Linda said...

Can't be too careful with flash flooding, bet you're happy with new technology. I can't stand stop and go traffic and so much prefer your commute! I'd need to unwind in pool, when there's no lightning of course. All the best to troopers!

jack69 said...

WE who are not 'From There' find it hard to fathom. WE know it is true, you and the weather folk tell us. As we travel thru the dry country and'ignorantly' smile at the 'Flood Zone' signs on dry sand. I know we know it, BUT we do not 'know it for real' like you guys do. Hope the monsoons find a better time 'next time'.

Chatty Crone said...

Oh my goodness - I feel bad for him - that has to be frustrating. The weather this year is so weird - we are so hot here in GA it is not even funny - we have a ton of humidity - not much rain. Good luck to him.

Chrys Fey said...

Having to commute can be tough, especially in bad weather. I'm glad he kept calling to update you on his safety and progress. :)

Mevely317 said...

Wowzer! Yesterday morning Tom said, "I wish you'd take the truck" (to work) ... and I just scoffed.
So, I get off work each afternoon about 3:30; and, aside from a few clouds, all was dry and dandy. I was stunned when, after my cat nap, I witnessed all that storm's fury and water rescues on the evening news.

I've no doubt, your hubby was feeling your prayers!

lyndagrace said...

Ugh, having a long driving commute can be exhausting. We were caught in a heavy rain storm the other day. I told Ross, I think I would almost rather drive in snow. Well, okay, maybe not.
Whew, I bet you were relieved when your husband got home.

Susan Gourley/Kelley said...

We had some bad rain around here lately. Roads closed due to accidents during rush hour. Traffic diverted and backing everything up. That makes for a really long day for your husband.

joeh said...

For years, I had a 1 1/2 hour commute each way. Several times a year something would happen when the commute would double or more. At least most of my commute was by train, more relaxing in many ways than driving.

Joanne said...

Safety is key and water can be so dangerous. Glad he got home safe. Flashfloods in TX can be so localized too. My longest commute was 2 hr due to ice. Very nerve racking indeed

Paula Kaye said...

Oh my gosh. I would never be good with commutes of this sort. I had to drive 12 miles to another little town with my last job. Took me all of 15 minutes. Heavy rain is not my thing. I think I would have stayed at work. Glad he is safe. I am also glad that he texts you when he leaves and when he arrives. That relieves so much worry!

Saleslady371 said...

Hi, Betty!
I watched the weather report at 6:00 last night and it dominated the whole program. I felt so sorry for the commuters in Phx. The Monsoons are scary and massive water does damage; I'm glad your hubby made it home safe. Yes, the rain is so sporadic. We were out of town over the weekend with our family and drove back to the Verde Valley Sunday at 5:00 and hit a Monsoon. We had to stay at my daughter's for an hour before even attempting to drive home. Yet when we got to our town only a half inch! You never know.

SweetMarie said...

glad he made it home safely. my hubby's drive to work is 12 minutes in the morning and about 15 coming home, we're very fortunate. of course we're paying for the convenience, homes here are not cheap. lol we're still house hunting. I think if we were still in Florida we would have already found a home, but here the terrain makes it difficult for what we're needing.
happy days to you!
Marie

Plowing Through Life (Martha) said...

That was quite a commute home! But thankfully, he made it home safe and sound; the most important thing of all!

Debby@Just Breathe said...

I'm so glad he was safe. I know my sister's in law have been hit hard by storms at different locations they have lived in Arizona over the years. I always thought it was around August when the Monsoon's hit. Stay safe!!!

Ann Bennett said...

I feel for him. A three hour trip is a job in itself. I've always lived near my jobs. One thing that has happened is that each area in which I lived grew so much, what was once a ten minute trip stretched into 30 to 45 minutes. One of the reasons I stopped teaching day school and taught at an evening school was traffic. I was back to being 10 to 15 minutes away.

Sheena-kay Graham said...

Sorry your husband got stuck in that but at least he got home. What a trooper indeed. Glad we readers were able to help give you some positive input on your last post. God Bless Betty.

Sunni said...

We're getting the edge of your monsoons here, just over the AZ border. It thunders, lightnings, and dumps rain a while. Sometimes if it's a shower it dries as it hits the ground, or soon after. Tonight we are blessed that it dropped the temps to 77 degrees. We haven't seen that in quite a while and it sure feels good.

Your poor hubby is a trooper. That would be rough after you've worked all day and probably are more than ready to get home. I have a thirty minute commute back and forth and that's enough for me.

Sunni

Sally said...

At least these days you can keep up with the progress with texting etc. it must relieve the worry a little bit until he gets home.

DMS said...

I am so glad he made it home safely! How scary! Long commutes can be tough and when weather interferes they can definitely become longer. I give a lot of credit to those who can handle those long drives each day. I think being in that much traffic all the time would be very trying on the nerves. People drive very recklessly at times and I always wish everyone would just follow the driving rules. :)

~Jess

Denise said...

No monsoons here, but we did get flooding of roads and freeways last week when we finally got rain. The ground is so dry, the rain ran right off. I was in Phoenix several years ago and had rented a car. Out driving around I saw nothing but open land and signs warning of floods. First time I've heard anyone talk about the experience. Bigger problem here is massive snow storms. I've been stuck in several. So glad I am a retiree and not a commuter now.

Bobbi and Gracie said...

So glad he made it home okay. That is quite a distance to jave to travel to work each day. Angels were watching over him.

Secret Agent Woman said...

No fun. I have a 40 minute commute and once a wreck forced a detour that added an hour. And another time I had a 2-hour twice a week commute that was four because of snow. It's hard to just stay patient in those situations.

yaya said...

I remember traffic days like that when I lived in Chicago. Around here we have rush minute! I'm only 10min. from work and it's all country roads and small town roads. I'll take it over the city! Your hubby deserves a medal for driving like that all week! He must love the weekends! We'll be glad to take some of that rain off your hands too!

Liz A. said...

Yikes. How scary. Traffic snarls are never fun. Does he listen to books while he drives. That commute would be a perfect time to catch up on (audio) reading.

baili said...

oh thank God hi is safe and back with you again dear may God bless him ,

i feel gratitude to god that my hubby ' office is not much far and he uses bike to get there and some cloudy day walks to there which is of hardly 30 minutes take good care have blessed day

Megan Whitson Lee said...

That is so scary! I would have been on pins and needles the whole time. So many people in the Northern Virginia area have crazy commutes. It is not at all unusual for folks to drive 1.5 hours each way. I'm thankful for my twenty-minute commute, though.

Lowcarb team member said...

Travelling is not easy at any time but especially in rains like that.
Glad he got home safely

All the best Jan

Juli G said...

We would love 3 inches of rain. We're short about 9 this year. We did finally get a few days of overcast, but I think we only picked up 1/2 inch.

All my flowers are dead... not that I can go out and tend them, but still.

The Brown Recluse (TBR) said...

My word! Stories like this make me so glad I live in my little town in Alabama!

We have rain issues like that...where parts of the county get rain several time over a week or two, but the farmers in the outlying towns don't get a drop, and they need it so badly!

Glad hubster made it home safe and sound. Thank God for cell phones so we don't have to worry so much about our commuters!

Intense Guy said...

My dad did a commute of an hour or more, if he delivered things on the way in or out) 5-6 days a week so that my brothers and I could attend a good school district. I later did the same commute for a couple years and it was truly horrible (and starting time was 7:00 AM too)

Danielle L Zecher said...

He's definitely a trooper. I used to have an hour plus drive each way to work, and I don't miss that at all. I liked that job better, but I love having two hours of my day back more.

I hope the weather and traffic improve soon.

Veronica Lee said...

So glad he made it safely home. Commuting for 3 hours is not fun!