Riding the Strijdompark Time Machine

13 June , 2007

Time machineLet me share a little brain teaser with you. If X leaves work at 16:30 and travels 10km to get home, she will get home at 17:30. However, if the same X, in the same car, takes the same route home at 16:40 she will arrive at home at 17:00. (Now replace X with my name) ๐Ÿ˜‰ It doesnโ€™t make sense does it? At first I though I just had a lucky traffic day but Iโ€™ve asked around and apparently itโ€™s the norm. Apparently that is not just a story employers tell their staff to get them to work overtimeโ€ฆIf you bend your mind around it that would mean if I could split myself in two (both halves still being able to drive for argument sake) and I leave at two above times, that I should in fact be able to overtake the me that left work first and get home half an hour before that me! Throw in a further observation that the 16:30-me encounters bumper to bumper traffic for all 10km home while the 16:40-me hardly sees any cars! Where the hell did they all go?! I should be overtaking other me somewhere along here…

%@#!&*…this is making my head hurt! I therefore have come to speculate that CR Swart Drive is in fact a time machine that just happens to run through the area where I work. Now that I know how to use it to my advantage I am never leaving work on time againโ€ฆ If I need to mess around for 10 minutes to shave 45 minutes of my drive home then that is a sacrifice that I am more than willing to make.

On a completely separate matter โ€“ today is poem day! One from the archives again, hope you enjoy it. ๐Ÿ™‚



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  1. I reckon I should try that time vortex out sometime. It is funny that a few minutes in departure can affect the arrival…

    Traffic, you’ve got to love it!

  2. Hi Freddy! ๐Ÿ™‚
    Yeah isn’t it just? And not affect it by a little bit either, it’s an enormous difference.

    I wouldn’t say I LOVED traffic though, just that I’ve learnt to keep myself entertained while it happens…you’ve seen me, and heard me lose it when I don’t keep a lid on. (Think about the indicator lights incident last year, and you’ll know exactly what I mean! hahaha)

  3. Had a good laugh at this one! Where did all the people go? They went shopping for candles and bully beef! Let us know if it is the same tomorrow!

  4. Will do Jo-Ann! ๐Ÿ™‚ I’ve tried it out over the last two days now and so far so good, but I’m afraid for a proper study i should probably leave on time one day to see if the hour long drive happens again.
    (But I don’t want tooo!!!)

  5. As jy dit eregkry op ‘n Vrydag-middag, dan is dit werklik so. Vrydag-verkeer is die ergste van alles.

  6. You should invent a flying machine Louisa. That would solve all our problems. The math is simply too much for my ditzy brain today so I’m leaving all the planning to you. I’ll market it for you and we can take over the world!

  7. I just don’t get it… tons of people go to gym straight after work to avoid the traffic (thus creating human traffic in each and every gym), and yet there are STILL tons of cars on the road – there’s simply no way to avoid it! Please bring your CR Swart time machine to the Woodmead offramp on the M1, will you? In order to drive a 10-minute ride and not a 45-minute one, I have to wait at least an hour… sigh!

  8. Marat: Om dit te toets sal ek die weeklikste biertjie saam met die kollegas moet opgee, miskien sal ek dit tog een week doen ter wille van die eksperiment.

    Toby: Mwuhahahaha! (Just practising me evil chuckle Tobes…okay cool! Ready when you are.

    Ant: The people trying to get away from Strijdompark will certainly be surprised when they end up in Woodmead Ant. If I can track down someone responsible I will put in a request for another one to be set up wherever you want it. ๐Ÿ™‚

  9. You had me stumped until I figgered it out. You are trying to trick everyone into leaving ten minutes later so that you can leave on time and beat them all home.

    Not all of us Utahns are as dumb as them Texans, you know.

    About the poem – Oh jeez, have I been there before. I can add from experience that even with forgiveness, whatever was once there is gone forever.

    But we still keep beating our heads against the wall…

  10. I had to add a footnote to my comment. I find it interesting that this poem is true regardless of whether it is a man or a woman who is telling the poem. We have loss and hopelessness in common.

    But we also have love and hope in common. I guess that’s why we keep beating our heads against that wall.

  11. You know, I’ve experimented with leaving Sandton both 10 minutes earlier and later than usual, and neither has cut down my travelling time to Blairgowrie. Curses! Clearly the time machine is only functioning in your area…must be as a result of the public sector strike.

    Ant, the Woodmead and Marlboro offramps of the M1 must have been designed on a day city planners were smoking weed. The WORST!!!!

  12. Greg: Hahaha! Wish I’d thought of that – I might have said half an hour in that case ๐Ÿ˜‰
    Secondly you’re right, by the time I wrote this one it was already much too late. It was more about expressing my hopelessness than asking for forgiveness anyway. I wrote two together (the other one is more cynical) and I was thinking of posting that one next week…

    Don’t believe: I have had the “oppertunity of traveling from Wynberg/Sandton in a previous life and from experience I can tell you that the traffic there follows no laws of nature or reason. There must be a force field up that prevents time machines from functioning because the traffic there is ALWAYS kak! Worst ever was 4,5 hours to travel 30km to Weltevredenpark because they closed the highway after I was already beyond the point of taking a alternative route. I am so glad I don’t work in that area anymore!

    Good luck!

  13. I actually observed something similar on my way to work. there are times when i should not attempt to leave work; it simply doesn’t make sense. I am happy I am not alone ๐Ÿ™‚

  14. Gobody: I’m glad to hear that there are other tine machines out there! ๐Ÿ™‚

  15. I like the poem… It is along the same lines as one in my blog called “Treat me Like a Stranger”.
    Nice to have stuumbled in here…
    ~smj =)

  16. Thank you samanthamj ๐Ÿ™‚

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