Let’s Go to Reno! To many people, these words indicate joyful abandon to a gilded, carefree world of sparkles and thrills!
No matter the conditions, opportunity for escape from the daily grind, beckons travelers like the bewitching song of the Sea Sirens,
The morning news featured weather-related travel reports. A newscaster interviewed several people who were stuck overnight in a small Northern California town. CalTrans halted traffic at the Nevada state line; it was too perilous to travel.
One woman’s sarcastic tone was apparently aimed at the CalTrans people. Never mind the huge storm that had barraged the area, she couldn’t’ understand why “they” hadn’t cleared the roads!
My response – – Duhhhhh !!
Moderately miffed, another man exclaimed disappointment that he wasn’t able to celebrate his birthday, as planned, in Reno. What would normally have been a two-and-a-half hour trip had stretched into twelve! Did he actually say “planned?”
Another driver’s impulsive road trip made no provision for food or shelter, and now they were really stuck. They didn’t bring enough money for gas, and couldn’t go forward, OR return home. Imagine that lack of foresight. We‘re not talking about kids, here, either!
The camera panned elsewhere. This picture punched my funny button, and I laughed out loud! Typical Californian! Ornate flip-flops were hardly what I’d call protection from the snow. An obvious shortage of awareness plagued one young woman as she struggled to put on her chains while her feet froze!
It was all there, though. The news was fraught with information!
“Avoid the area” – – – “Poor road conditions!” An online road advisory noted that because of mountainous terrain and climate, “it is wise to be informed about both highway conditions and weather before venturing far.” Ya think?
Warnings cautioned travelers about high winds, storms and snow slides. On-going reports of multiple spinouts, zero visibility, and avalanche-control filled TV and radio newsrooms. Webcams furnished a clear view of the hazards. What more could be needed?
My mind was boggled! Just how tough is that to understand? Where in the world do people get the idea that those instructions are for someone else?
How could so many people be caught off guard, and why, suddenly, was the lack of preparation on the part of these people, the burden and responsibility of someone else? They inconvenienced themselves by their own shortsightedness and failure to prepare!
Could CalTrans be expected to affect the visibility issue? How about an avalanche? Could they dial-down the precipitation simply because the driving public thought they should?
My thoughts churned. How many people really live in this type of a mindless bubble? I think we are insulated by the fact that most of us are used to doing just about whatever, whenever! In fact, it seems that we’ve learned to be a flippant lot! Arrogance supersedes practicality. Short-sighted, insensitive, spoiled, and deaf we are. And – -.we have delusions of self-importance.
Once that “Me” bubble gets squeezed by the unpredictable….or even bursts… people’s reactions vary. Either they suddenly returned to their senses, or they aggravated blame on an outside or innocent factor.
Perhaps scores of things have become just a little too easy for us so that we do not seriously heed warnings! My thoughts flashed to the guy who recently lost his life in the tsunami at Crescent City, CA.
Back to the TV. Stranded motorists blamed CalTrans, or the weather. Seriously? Granted, some people seem to have more common sense about them than others, but whatever happened to ownership of consequences for one’s own actions?
The popular saying, “You gotta follow your heart,” is overrated – on so many levels! A friend’s e-mail nearly pushed me over the edge of incredulity.
She wrote, “I don’t care that the roads are still bad. We are going to tackle the mountains and go meet our new granddaughter. Can’t wait.”
The weather forecast predicted clear travel in a couple of days. Given any weird twist of fate and weather, I wondered if my friend could become a statistic.
A later post revealed that a 3-hour trip stretched to over eight and incorporated both car and road problems. While assisting them, AAA had an accident. Had she considered possibilities, or was she simply guided by heady desire? What was wrong with waiting to make sure of safe arrival?
We’re fatter by the minute, dying while trying to live, unsettled, can’t sleep, lack peace, have less joy and are self-absorbed.
Our microwave mentality can only deal with the 5-second sound byte, Reality TV, tweeting 140 characters, Fun-With-Face Book, Farmville, pre-occupation with gaming, or dumbed-down education. Our culture now breeds the “blame game.” Someone or something is always at fault for our actions or mishaps. Strength of character is waning.
The signs are all here now! The world is slipping and sliding, erupting, storming, overflowing, flooding, and burning. God said it would. It’s overspent and overindulged. Mired in mindlessness and struggling to survive, it is toxic to our souls!
Look out! Be sober! Be vigilant!
I can’t help but wonder where we are placing our expectations – in false reality, or in Truth? Cocooned in a myopic and naïve world view, we suffer from attention deficit! Yes, the signs are all there, and that brings HOPE. But, what will we do with them?
Here’s your sign!
This post has been shared at “Tell Me a True Story.”