I drove my customary route through the PNC Bank Arts Center parking lots to get to the Parkway this morning. Guess who's coming to NJ today to align himself with the nation's most reckless governor, Jon "Seatbelt" Corzine?
The audience was already pouring in at 11am for a 3:15pm appearance. My route to the parkway was blocked by two wise Latina assholes driving school buses that were parked side by side in the oncoming lane. Laughing and yakking with the windows and doors open. I honked and waved but that made no difference I had to sit there and wait until they felt like moving.
And that, people, is what happens when established law is ignored and decisions are made based on the richness of one's own experience instead.
Red arrow = where I went
Dark blue arrow = where I wanted to go
Gold Stars = assholes blocking the intersection with school buses
UPDATE 1: I watched both speeches via a live stream video provided by the local paper. Corzine was jolly and peppy during whatever it was he was saying. Obama, frankly, didn't give much of a speech. Very light on the NJ; very heavy on the healthcare. At one point he did say that thanks to JC, NJ was now the national leader in reading and math which came as a surprise even to the bus loads of attendees from the teacher's union.
Once he got that out of the way, the speech was pure boilerplate all the way. Even the in-the-bag reporters from the Asbury Park Press noticed and liveblogged it:
The only thing worth watching on the video was one guy in the top row of supporters behind the podium. He was busy the whole time. Either he was on his cellphone:
or he was taking pictures:
I missed my chance to do a screen capture of when he was fidgeting with the three flags in his jacket pocket, or when he was swiveling his head from side to side or even when he ceremoniously blew his nose with a big white hankie. But I did get a another nice cellphone shot:
UPDATE 2: I stayed off the Parkway going home because I didn't want to get caught in that celebratory post-speech traffic. Even on the smaller roads, many long black limos were spotted driving south from the PNC. The most excitement that I saw on the roads was a Holmdel Hazmat Vehicle and a parade of police cruisers from other towns going back where they came from.