As I mentioned, on New Year’s Eve, The Climbing Daddy and I did a 10k with an intermission (more commonly known as two 5ks). The second one started at 12:10 a.m.—shortly after a sparkling cider toast.

We ended up leaving around 1:00 or so.

My hesitation on this run was driving home at that time on New Year’s morning. The races were a solid half hour drive from home, mostly freeway, partially on a freeway that has had a rash of wrong-way drivers in recent years.

We did it anyway.

And on the way home, we noticed something: people were driving really carefully. Not 10-under-the-speed-limit or other things that feel careful but aren’t (bad weather notwithstanding). Still going the speed limit or a few mph over. But less tailgating. WAY more blinkers. Just generally being thoughtful of the people around them.

People, if we drove like this all the time, there would be so few accidents. Especially here, where weather is so rarely indicted for accidents.

So. Drive like you suspect everyone else may be tipsy. We’ll all be better for it.

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