So I'm in Baltimore, well Columbia Md. to be exact, and remembering now why I hate big cities, and have no love for anything farther north than North Carolina. It's been 11 years since my last visit to NY and I had forgotten just how different the lifestyle is. Everyone on the road is in a mad dash, everything is crowded, prices are high, and it takes forever to get anywhere. I drove up on Sunday and I-95 was actually a relaxing get away for some time to myself, alone with my thoughts, seeing long forgotten countryside. Soon after Richmond, VA, the traffic began piling up and the slow and easy lane changes I casually made up to that point became a game of grabbing an empty spot before someone beat me to it. Forget about following distance, if there is a space in front of you large enough for a car, someone will jump into it whether they need to or not. They seem to be programmed to do this without a thought. I've had time after my Transmitter training today to reflect on the choices I've made to put me down in SC, and I am reminded how thankful I am. I make a lot less money, but it costs a lot less to live. Yeah, it's hot, but I can deal with heat way better than cold. We don't have the 6 and 8 lane highways they do in the North, but it's because we don't need 'em. You still wave a finger at the approaching pick-up truck and they wave back. I know of several stores where I can pump gas and then go inside to pay for it. I left my motel this morning at 6 am to get a bite of breakfast, thinking I would be ahead of the traffic and the hustle. Nope. No real difference. So the point of this rant: Is anyone here among my bestest internet companions still living in a big city? If so, why? I honestly can see no reason a reasonable person would. I see why Florida has so many New Yorkers and Ohions in it. When you throw in all of the liberal a-holes and the stupid and ineffective gun laws, it all makes me hope I never have to venture this way again.