So some buffoon got quoted on the front page of today’s Dispatch whining about his tortuous drive back north to the rustbelt for Thanksgiving…
Expect packed roads, airports
By Tim Doulin
Eric and Annette Wittine always try to leave work early the day before Thanksgiving for the drive up I-71 to see their families.
Alas, the couple, who live Downtown, will join the parking lot crowd this year crawling north to Cleveland.
“My wife is going to be working until the normal close of business that day,” Wittine, 27, said. “So I think we may just have to sit in traffic and fight it because going up Thanksgiving morning really isn’t an option the way our families do things.”
He figures the normally two-hour drive will take three or four hours — if everything goes smoothly.
In all seriousness…it’s fun to give interviews to the real press…and also a little strange. Tim and I had a nice 10-15 minute conversation and he managed to distill that down into a couple usable sentences. I’m not all that smart, and don’t speak so well, so that’s a feat. Kudos Tim.
I’ve only got two real gripes about the piece…
1) My coworkers gave me crap all day about leaving early. If you’ve never had the chance to admit to ducking out early on the front page of a paper that hundreds of thousands of people read every day, I highly recommend it. Next time you quote me…maybe bury those quotes on page 8 of the Metro section. mmmkay Tim?
2) I had really hoped the good discussion we had about us not being left with any other options would get used in some way. I said something like, “Until we’ve got a high speed train to ride like the Ohio Hub, we’re left with zero options that don’t include filling up the gas tank.” A good discussion ensued about the viability of rail transit in the country. He used the vintage, “people in this country love their cars”, and I rebutted with my usual, “That’s only because we don’t have any other options.”
In my mind, this is the exact type of article for a well placed barb about how we’re resigned to a fate of paying $3+/gal and sitting in traffic for hours until wholesale changes are made to the way we think about transportation. Changes in mindset often start in the media, so I’m a little sad about the missed opportunity.