Purgatorio over the Potomac

If you’re a regular blogger, you may have noticed that, just when you think there can’t possibly anything left to write about, material happens.

It’s odd that yesterday, as with last Sunday, blog fodder presented itself on my way from church. Some might say this is reason not to go to church. My husband argued that today’s little happening is reason to never go to Virginia. He hates Virginia. Even more so, he hates Tyson’s Corner, Virginia.

Long story short, we had to run an errand in Tyson’s Corner after church. The latest round of infernal traffic redesigns would qualify the Tyson’s area as the Ninth of Dante’s Circles of Hell, which is Treachery.

We thought we would make it home with our sanity (and the important item we purchased) when, halfway home, a very large, brand new Cadillac smacked into our car on the Capital Beltway, right in the middle of the American Legion Bridge. Fender benders happen all the time; but the Beltway, which everyone and his brother takes to the Redskins’ FedEx Field, is not the place you want to block a lane of traffic on a Sunday afternoon, especially midway across the Potomac River. I dare say, a few of the motorists who were none too pleased with the delay could use a little churching themselves.

No one was hurt, except my beloved red Nissan, so the event amounts to little more than an inconvenience. But my husband spent Sunday afternoon dealing with insurance companies, which he might equate to both the First Circle of Hell (Limbo) and the Fifth (Wrath and Sullenness) wrapped into one.

One day we’ll look back on this as Divine Comedy.


Filed under Family and Friends, Foibles and Faux Pas, Reading, Technology and Social Media, Travel

4 responses to “Purgatorio over the Potomac

  1. Madge

    I’m so glad you are alright! F%&?in Tyson’s Corner
    Love you and your blog XXXOOO Mary

  2. I’m fine physically but very disheartened, as the seemingly nice gentleman who hit us, and then admitted fault and apologized, has now changed his story and his insurance company has denied the claim. Next time I’ll call the police. Thanks for your nice words.

  3. Ellen

    So sorry to hear about the accident. It must have been terrifying to have been hit, but of all places, the Beltway! Too terrible. Time for a Dante pinoir.

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