The Plan

The holiday season has begun and driving is a natural part of it. These days with lots of places to go, people to see and things to do, you want to be joyful, festive and pleasant – right? You use your smart tools like GPS and speakerphone and you hope for things like good weather, limited traffic and considerate drivers.

Last week an outlet mall opened in my neighborhood and just like that; I had to add ten minutes to my drive anywhere, especially during the rush hours; Morning and evening.  Since “hope” is not a plan, I took time to consider the how and when of my travels.  This is important because driving can add stress that interfere with you having a good time. Here’s my plan, maybe it will be helpful to you:

  1. All driving trips will occur during the day between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m.  All other times I will be a passenger, co-pilot, or holiday DJ on board.
  2. I will fill up when the gas indicator hits ½ tank.  This will work well for the short unplanned trips.
  3. I will hang the reindeer ornament on my rear view mirror to remind me deer live here too.
  4. I will put the wind shield washer fluid bottle in the truck along with the other winter gear.
  5. I will refuse to engage in road rage, or use profanity out loud when other drivers piss me off.

Now, I could continue to add to this plan but anything I plan that has more parts than the number of fingers on one hand have a way of being forgotten….So I think I’ll plan to hope those other things that may happen, don’t!


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