Rebecca Harris is the General Manager
of the Academy Group of Companies.
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Post. 'Rebecca’s Rant',
PO Box 1879,
Garden City Gridlock
To be honest, this rant is about myself; I’m angry at myself about how fed up I am with traffic and roads around our city these days. I should not be wound up, I should not be agitated… I just need to deal with it.
In reality there is far worse that we have been through and in many cases still going through and I should not be moaning about it – but I am.
A trip to get to work in the central city (from Nth of the Waimak), that used to take me 20 minutes, now takes a good hour to an hour and 20mins on some days. The route is around the back of the city on Johns Road, by the airport and down to Birmingham Drive. It’s crawling traffic in the mornings.
And going from one city office to the other and back again, taking 20mins each way, in the middle of the day means that’s close to an hour down the tube when it really should be six minutes - considering the distance is only 5.4kms.
What makes my frustration (at myself) worse (apart from the fact I even find this important enough to rant about), is that the majority of the delays are due to contractors upgrading, widening or fixing our roads.
If they didn’t do this I’d be moaning as well. I’ve moaned for a good number of months now about the state of our roads, now finally the fix us underway, but I’m still not happy.
I spoke with a colleague this morning who was coming from another direction, a seven minute journey via Brougham Street, which now takes 20 minutes and sometimes more. The fact that we even have the discussion about the inconvenience is frustrating. I should have moved on by now and accepted that this is just the way it is now, until we are all patched up.
I moan when we are damaged, broken and inconvenienced. I moan and groan when we’re being fixed and inconvenienced, so when will there be an opportunity to not moan and groan and feel sorry for myself because I’m so inconvenienced by slow and disrupted traffic.
I have come to the realisation that I just need to get over it, get up even earlier than I do and try to get ahead of the traffic, but here’s another moan... groan… rant, what ever you want to call it… it’ll soon be winter, darker in the morning and I’ll be getting up even earlier… someone bring me some happy pills!
I need to get over myself, and my poor, inconvenienced life and just accept it. Oh please… how pathetic, it could be much much worse!
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