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blankWith Grant Avenue closed during the week and opened on weekends, for the foreseeable future, my expectations for the roundabout have gone way up. I’ve mentioned before that I don’t like stoplights, and we are becoming the stoplight capital of the world. I’m looking forward to the roundabout being open and the talk of the county.

Lately, just trying to get out of town is a hassle as is coming back into town. The new route to use is County Road 31 to bypass all of the construction surrounding us. The only dangerous spot is where you have to merge at DQ University. Coming back to Winters you just go straight through the curve and you are home free. I can see that intersection becoming a real problem in a few years when we’ve added 700 new homes and everyone figures out that it is quicker and easier to use Road 89 and 31 to get to Davis or Woodland. Let’s hope they don’t put a stop sign there.

Driving through all of the flag personnel is a mental test. Next time you’re stopped, for the second time in 200 yards, take a moment to ask yourself if you are calm, or tapping on the steering wheel? Are you smiling and looking at the walnut orchards, or are you looking in your rear view mirror, counting the cars behind you?

I find myself relaxing more and more as I enter construction zones. I attribute it to getting older and convincing myself that I don’t need to be in a hurry all the time. It is okay to slow down and take a breath and have another cup of coffee. The late Bob Chapman taught me to be on time. He would say, “Don’t be late, but don’t be early either.” I remember going to a meeting with him and he pulled over to the side of the road. He looked at his watch and told me that we were five minutes early. We talked for a few minutes and off we went.

Taking the time to slow down isn’t as easy as it might seem. For years I have been rushing to some event or appointment. Always trying to get the paper out on time, to the Post Office or the news racks. Lately I’ve moved my mental deadline up an hour and it seems to be working. The clock may be ticking off the seconds, but that extra hour that I gave myself makes for a more relaxing day. I do get a few comments from the merchants when I cruise in later than usual.

It might take us all awhile to get use to the roundabout, but if you let the roundabout control your emotions, the roundabout will win. Take a breath, slow down and enjoy the view. Construction won’t last forever, even it might seem that way. The rains are coming and that usually means that construction takes longer than planned. We’ll see just how talented Vintage Paving is at working in raingear. I can just see a giant tent going up so that the employees can work in a nice and dry environment. Or, will we be still talking about the roundabout in January?

Have a good week.

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