Saturday, October 02, 2010

Please Merge...Merge!...Merrrge!!


I turned and saw the semi truck plucking off the orange construction barrels we’d just put out to close the right lane on the interstate highway.

The signage and lighted arrow board directing traffic to merge into one lane are effective only if the drivers are awake, and the alarm for this driver was each *pock* that must have shaken him awake as he clipped the barrels, one of them lodging under the truck’s bumper.

“Better make a dash for the ditch!” I thought, as the semi slowly, finally, began to shift into the left lane.

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My entry in the 100 Words Challenge, with the prompt, "ditch."


  1. Every time I see road workers on the interstate I say a little prayer for their safety. All it takes is one distracted (or sleepy) driver.

  2. I worked for two summers on a concrete crew, mostly on the interstate, and that semi was the closest call I was involved with. But there are definitely some crazy drivers out there!