Wow – two whole months have passed since my last post, but no apologies. I am not a slave to my blog! Perhaps the creative juices will begin to flow again… perhaps not. Time will tell.
That said, the title of this post has nothing to do with the blog per se. Rather, the ditches outside our house.
Yesterday we received notice that our road, and others nearby in the same condition, are going to be fixed this summer. In fact, the work is set to begin on the 7th of this month. Uh-huh. I’ll believe when I see it – that’s what they said last summer. We’ve been hearing about the town’s plans to fix our ditches since we moved in over 22 years ago.
In case you don’t know, our rather narrow street is bounded by serious ditches on both sides. If a car is parked on the street you can drive past it, but it is prudent to be careful. (Getting out of the passenger side of a car parked close to the edge can be challenging – you kind of have to find a handhold on the vehicle somewhere, or just give in and climb down into the ditch.)
The ditches are two and a half to three feet wide, and just as deep. At one time they were nicely lined with stone, but now the stone is largely covered by weeds and dirt. Over the decades the surface of the road has been paved over and over so that it’s substantially higher than it once was. Added to that are the crumbling sides of the road, and a pretty steep hill. Just for perspective, whenever the local paper prints an article about the condition of our roads, the picture they show is nearly always right in front of our house.
Even so, over the years we’ve had only five incidents of cars getting stuck in our ditch – a testament to the fear they inspire. Only one of those did not involve our driveway. I’m sure there have been incidents on other roads in town, but I’m not aware of them.
Back to the notice we received. Wouldn’t you know it, a teen on her second day with a driver’s license decided to do a K-turn in our driveway this evening. Why she would even attempt such a thing is anyone’s guess, but attempt it she did, and drove right into the ditch. An hour later some neighbor boys with a jeep and a tow-line managed to pull her out, leaving pieces of her car’s frame on the road. Ouch.
While we sympathize, and hope that her car will be repairable, I have to admit that we snickered a bit once it was over. It seems our ditch is getting its last licks in before it disappears under a proper storm drain.