Finally, after making my coffee, loading the car, plugging in the AUX cord, and setting the car in reverse, I back out of the driveway. I wait for the cars to pass, and enter the street. I’m surprised by the lack of traffic and turn onto Mt. Carmel. I putter along and make my way down Clough, noticing the donut shop’s ‘Hot & Fresh’ sign. Avoiding temptation, I pass the shop. The light traffic pauses for a school bus, then hurriedly continues on. It dawns on me that by the time I graduate college, I’ll have made this same trip hundreds of times. Turpin High School is now in session, and the traffic picks up as I approach the school. As I wait, I sip my coffee and consider what waits for me today. I sing along to the radio in an effort to be warmed up for 8:00 AM Musicianship.
The traffic moves, and I pass the high school and move freely. By the time I’m on Columbia Parkway, I keep an eye out for disgruntled commuters diving in and out of their lane and speeding. I successfully avoid a few collisions. I make it to William Howard Taft and notice all the lights are flashing yellow. Many people forget how a four-way-stop works, and speed on through. I proceed with caution. Through all the chaos, I turn onto Jefferson and Corry Blvd. I wait for several oblivious pedestrians and make my way to the CCM garage. I swipe my Bearcat card, make my way to my space, and put the car in park. I breathe a sigh of relief having survived another commute.