Our first impulse was to ride our bikes to the Orange County Fair on Saturday. But our bikes do not have the proper lighting and knowing that we'd be heading back home at night did not make us comfortable. Besides, it would have been against the law.
So we drove. Our usual first choice for parking is the lot at Costa Mesa High School, but that was either closed or full, so we drove over to the many lots at Orange Coast College.
At 6 p.m., the streets surrounding the fair were jammed. No one likes to sit in traffic, especially me. Sitting in a car idling amid gridlock seems so wasteful. There are exceptions, of course, such as waiting at a red light, but these days I am even hesitant to idle at the drive-thru window of a fast-food restaurant. Instead, I'll park my car and walk in, or I'll shut off the engine at the window while I'm waiting for my cheeseburger.