So yesterday we had flood warnings.
I have to tell you, when I see the devastation of floods, my heart always breaks. Yesterday the streets were flooded. I realized something yesterday, I have an irrational, completely, I mean COMPLETELY irrational fear of driving through large amounts of water.
To the point of panicking and wanting to throw up. Ok, so what’s the worst that can happen if you drive through water and get stuck? You hop out of your car and call a tow truck. HOWEVER, there is a hefty bill that comes along with it, new car parts, new engine, inconvenience of sitting there, inconveniencing others (because you’re in their way). It makes me sick.
Yesterday, I drove through some scary parts of our fair (or not so fair) city. Places that as a young child were part of our commute to various places…
This was my trek:
Telegraph to Grand River, Grand River to Laser, somewhere along Lahser, flooded plains, detour through a neighborhood that was NOT nice, but I saw three teenagers trying to huddle under 1 umbrella, so what do I do? I give them my FAVORITE umbrella. I mean, I loved this umbrella. I don’t know why, but I did. But it’s just a ‘thing’ and I bought two new ones on my way to Phyllis’s concert so I’d always have a spare to give away. Ridiculous I know. Then back to Lahser only to find out that at Outer Drive – FLOODED! AHHHHHHHHHH! Turned around, took 5 mile to Evergreen, Evergreen to Tireman (was going to take it to Ford Road, but guess what… flooded just after Tireman so I had to turn around). Tireman used to be a well kept street. I was saddened by the way it looked. What happened to pride? So… Tireman to Southfield freeway. Southfield home.
I found out this morning that Southfield was open the whole way, no issues, LOL.
But this takes me to my next subject of neighborhoods. How do people just walk away from their homes? Some I realize that someone loses their income, I get that, but what about people who upgrade to a bigger house, leaving those in a neighborhood with lower home values. I have a house in my neighborhood that someone walked away from, I don’t know why, but what a mess they left. I get that things happen, but instead of taking the stuff in the house to the curb, instead, they left the mess, and then someone had to come clean it out… then it all ends up on the lawn by the bank. I blame, the previous homeowner, the bank, and the government for making it so easy for letting people walk away from their homes… I would love to walk away from my underwater and even just go rent in another city, but here’s the thing… As one of my friends said, “I signed a piece of paper that I would pay back this amount, there wasn’t conditions to my signature”.
I realize that things happen, but I also know that people want bigger and better when all they could afford was fair to moderate.
So that’s my very small thoughts for the day…
I hope you’re dry and loved wherever you are!