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Back-to-School Traffic Management Plan: Me Time

A humorous post offers advice on how to adjust to life trapped in a sea of cars swelled by school pick-up and drop-off schedules: think of it as "me time."
September 6, 2019, 11am PDT | James Brasuell | @CasualBrasuell
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Katy Evans is clearly trying for an attitude adjustment when it comes to dealing with back-to-school traffic.

It's the time of year that parents love and the child-free loathe; the days of blinking orange school zones, carpool lanes and traffic, glorious traffic.

Instead embracing road rage, Evans suggests embracing moments of calm and self-care, all made possible by gridlock.

Take a look in the vanity mirror. It's time for a sheet mask, isn't it? Stress and fumes are doing a number on your skin and nobody wants to see your haggard face at the office. Pull up Netflix on your phone and catch up on the latest season of Queer Eye while Tony Moly's finest serums seep into your pores.

There's a perceivable subtext throughout the article about how some of the people stuck in the traffic and most upset about the traffic are actually causing the traffic, and making it worse by upgrading to ever larger cars:

When you upgraded your Civic to a Suburban, you factored in the cost of gas. You cleared out extra space in the garage. You did not, however, think about parking at Target. Or Kroger. Or downtown. Zipping in and out of traffic? Forget it. Your blind spot is two lanes wide and the length of a VW Beetle (RIP). You drive a tank now. Time to take advantage.

Prioritizing "me time," the suggestion follows, is probably a familiar practice for so many people making such, ahem, single-minded choices in transportation.

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Published on Monday, August 19, 2019 in The Dallas Morning News
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