If our alien overlords ever return to Earth to check on how we lowly humans are faring, I hope they don't decide to show up during school drop-off and pick-up times.
Here's what they'd find: over-caffeinated parents drag racing their SUVs to get their children to school on time; kids running across busy intersections and dodging cars in school parking lots; new teen drivers navigating bumper-to-bumper traffic and hair-raising turns as they compete for prime parking spots; and cranky neighbors who wish it would all go away.
Not exactly a showcase of humanity at its finest.
What's worse, this year, the chaos threatens to reach new levels at two of Newport-Mesa's most populated campuses. Costa Mesa and Corona del Mar high schools have major construction projects underway that have added to their usual assortment of traffic and parking woes.