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Gas-Wasting and Infuriating Traffic Jams~ A Review

I was legitimately in a bind about what I was going to write about this week. Until Sunday, I had absolutely no idea what I was going to write. The past few weeks have been pretty serious for me. I took on the Ray Rice Scandal and the State of the NFL which are actually fairly depressing topics. Granted, I had written some video game reviews in there but this week I wanted to do something different.

Nick Lovett
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I was legitimately in a bind about what I was going to write about this week. Until Sunday, I had absolutely no idea what I was going to write. The past few weeks have been pretty serious for me. I took on the Ray Rice Scandal and the State of the NFL which are actually fairly depressing topics. Granted, I had written some video game reviews in there but this week I wanted to do something different.

I was bouncing around ideas for a fashion column but never could settle on what I wanted to write about. I just had too many options between what t-shirt and shorts combination looks best to what random team hat to wear on a given day; I’m sure Taylor Hassa would have loved it and not thrown up in her mouth at all. I even thought about doing a lifestyle column but 1. I didn’t want to step on Jackie Imondi’s toes, 2. I don’t really know what I would want to write about, and 3. I’m not sure how many people would want to take lifestyle advice from a kid who likes Star Wars, Batman, video games, and sports way too much.

This led me to think long and hard (this is how we do euphemisms in the Sex column world, right Jackie?) about what I wanted to do. While thinking, I remembered a show on Comedy Central last year called Review. The show followed a guy around who reviewed life events, rather than TV shows, movies or video games. So this weekend, I decided to review a life event, which is commonly known as traffic.

Traffic is something that every single person encounters and no one seems to like. So this weekend, I went out of my way, not really, to sit in traffic and decide if all the hate was warranted. I was on my way home from the UMass/Bowling Green football game and decided, “Hey, you know what sounds great when I want to eat and relax? A long line of traffic.”

So there I was, on some route my GPS had me take, in bumper to bumper traffic for 20 minutes. I know that does not sound like a long time in terms of traffic, but it was still enough for me to question my sanity. When you first see traffic coming up, you think “Oh no. This is not going to be fun.”

And you’re right, but that negativity can ruin anything. If I think class is not going to be fun, it probably won’t be; it’s a mental thing. After the first couple minutes where I yelled at the people ahead of me, who were surely yelling at the people

in front of them, I decided to take traffic for what it was: a carbon-monoxide infused, stress-filled, resting period.

As I sat there, I was able to listen to my iPod, which was on point, and just think about how much I wanted to be back in my suite. So, while traffic itself might not be so awesome, it makes us wish we were someplace else, which makes that someplace else so much better when we get there. Ever get to your destination after sitting in traffic for a long time and just think, “Man, I am so glad to be here right now instead of still being in traffic?” I think you have and you have traffic to thank for that graciousness.

Traffic might not be fun at first, but once you get past the initial terribleness that is just sitting in your car wasting gas, you realize that you are just sitting around listening to music which is essentially the same thing you would be doing at home. Despite that though, traffic still is not fun and that will hurt it’s final score.

Final Verdict: 4/10

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