I can stop wondering now. I had a meeting in northwest Houston yesterday. It was planned very well to avoid any traffic problems and the location sounded easy to get to. The time was set for early afternoon. Everything was timed for the easiest commute.
Now, I have not been to Houston for a couple of years. I still have all those fond memories of sitting hours on end in backed up traffic. All it takes is one minor incident and in a few seconds, traffic is backed up for miles. Houston traffic jams are a dynamic thing. They change positions and sizes with time. The blockage seems to move upstream from the origin with time, so after some time has passed, you would have no idea where it had begun, except like yesterday when the Northwest Fwy had a multiple vehicle accident and created a huge jam.
I was lucky, although my meeting was located near the intersection of the Norhtwest Fwy and Beltway 8 (the toll road), I was unaffected by the jam. In reality, my trip went easily with no problems, but even at that time of day, the traffic was very, very heavy. This ole country boy driving along playing a bluegrass CD just seemed way out of place (and felt that way, too). I had forgotten just how bad the Houston traffic was at anytime of any day.
It was a journey of just shy of 50 miles for me and it only took me an hour and a half. The first half hour was used up just getting to Interstate 45 at Conroe. I took I-45 to the Beltway (toll road) and was suppose to get off at the Southwest Fwy exit, but missed the off ramp and had to go to the next exit and back track. That was not too hard, had a little help from my GPS and an associate on the cell phone who was waiting for me in the parking lot.
All went well and I got back home in one piece. I wasn’t even the worse for wear. Now I know why I have worked for myself out of my home office for almost the last 20 years. I actually started working on my own in 1984, 27 years ago, but did take on some full time jobs and projects since then. It has been an interesting adventure and still is. The work I get is always something new and different. I may not have made a fortune but I sure was never bored. This meeting was about something very new, so if I do get work out of it, it will be another new and interesting project.
You all have a good rest of the week.