Tuesday, March 27, 2007

A Nightmare

The National Marathon was held last Saturday, March 24, 2007. I'd like to share a snippet with you from the The Washington Post's coverage of the event: "Traffic and Commuters Snarl as District Clears Runners' Route."

O.K., I'll admit, it seems like there might have been better traffic control. But this quote pretty much sums up why we have an obesity—and name-your-rage—problem in this country:
Katie Rynn, 26, a television producer, spent her morning in Arlington County picking flower arrangements for her wedding (she chose calla lilies for herself and white tulips for the bridesmaids) [NOTE: This is what we call adding color in newswriting]. After spending an hour on what is normally the 15-minute drive to her fiance's apartment in Kalorama, she eventually decided to abandon her car and walk the last few blocks.

"A nice, happy morning turned into a nightmare," she said.
A nightmare? A NIGHTMARE, Katie??

A nightmare was 9/11 when the Pentagon was hit and people lost loved ones, or the 7/7 bombings in London, or what the Iraqis, and our troops, live with daily. I can think of a few more nightmares and I bet you can too, and none of them have anything to do with having to walk three freakin' blocks.

Give me a break.

19 comments:

Just12Finish said...

SHE'S a nightmare.

peter said...

Katie should have walked up the Calvert Climb instead of walking those last three blocks--after 19 miles. Then she could have complained. In retrospect, the National Course was so nice, going through all four quadrants of the city, that I hope they don't change it much b/c of those perpetually angry motorists.

WADDLER26.2 said...

So much drama about having to walk! Get over it!

Laurie said...

Amen sister.

21stCenturyMom said...

Oh please, people. She was tired from sitting in all that traffic!

In all fairness, the 'nightmare' comment probably referred to the traffic and not the little walk. Jeanne, what was that you said about adding color?

Jack said...

Right on!

Anonymous said...

oh please 21c. you have got to pull that stick out.

and soon.

--samson.

Rae said...

OMG, how ridiculous!!!!

Phoenix said...

This may be part of the Bride Phenomenon - in which all minor incoveniences turn into NIGHTMARES! and the entire universe begins to turn around the Center - you. Because you are The Bride. Ummm hmmm. And The Bride probably chipped her pedicure or something having to walk THREE BLOCKS!!! OMG, people, have you no compassion?

Maybe we should take up a collection and get all the people stuck in traffic that day bikes. It does a body good.

Bob said...

I could not have said it better myself, great take.

susie said...

hope yur doin ok :) bin thinkkin' bout u!!

IHateToast said...

i thought there was a law about overuse of hyperbole by brides.

Mark I. said...

Having spent a previous life as a photographer where I had the honor of being present at well over 100 weddings, I can say with confidence that approximately 25% of brides are a nightmare. She's MILD.

Dori said...

Um, weren't there any signs posted, warning people in advance that a race was going on? I'll bet there was plenty of notice!

David said...

If that was a nightmare to her I am glad I am not the one marrying her. Can you imagine what it must be like to leave the toilet seat up in her place?

Bill said...

Instead of criticizing, evangelize! She's obviously a stressed out woman; it would have been better to point out how relaxing a good walk can be at a time of stress.

Kathleen said...

This is the nightmare bride herself. Do you really expect me to walk the three blocks in a pair of new Manolos?

Anonymous said...

Wow nothing else better to complain about other than a happy bride to be that just wanted to get home to her fiance. I hope I have better things to do in my free time when I'm 50.

a.maria said...

better things to do than, what? leave annonymous comments where you complain about someone else's complaints?!

wow. you really made your point with that one, anony.

--samson.