As I was driving home from work this afternoon I encountered a very strange and very disconcerting situation. I first noticed a very backed up exit as I was cruising along on I-40 West. That exit is hardly ever backed up. I looked at the overpass and the lights were working (it's been raining all day so power could potentially be an issue) nor were there any lights indicating an accident or anything. Then I finally looked over at I-40 Eastbound. It was empty. Completely empty.
I started paying more attention and started to see random motorcycle officers placed at exits. They were basically driving in small circles, but no one was getting on the freeway. My unease started to grow. Why would the freeway be empty? I have this supposedly nifty little feature in my car which will scan radio stations for traffic reports. It's only worked once in the entire time I've owned the car, so needless to say it wasn't very helpful. So with my ignorance and curiosity increasing, my heart started to beat a little faster. Then I see a line of lights...then a few black cars...then a really big black SUV with all sorts of big antennaes coming out the top...then more black cars...then more lights.
First thought? I-40 Eastbound's been raptured and I've been left behind! I was on the wrong side!!! Okay, not really, but how funny would that be? Then I figured it must be somebody very important. I knew some of the presidential candidates were slotted to be in NC later this week (as for the first time in history NC's primary vote actually counts for something...unlike Utah's, which will probably never count for anything) but they're not president yet.
So I kept hitting the traffic button and eventually stopped in on the tail end of a news report. Vice President Dick Cheney is apparently in town doing a speech for somebody at some private residence. Then he's leaving. My true thought was this: Is it the best way to help win republican votes by making hundreds of people sit on the freeway wasting their liquid gold they just paid $3.69 for while you go off to some speech with your motorcade?