The Baltimore Washington Parkway is a 34-mile stretch of road that connects the nation's capital to the nearby city of Baltimore. I've traveled this road north and south between the two cities many a time in the 30 years I've lived in the DC area. I'm originally from the Baltimore area so there's always a reason to be heading in one direction or the other.
This afternoon I found myself
driving north on the parkway to take a friend to the airport. Traffic was slow
in the usual places and for the most part, it was the usual scenery that I've
come to know. But then I spotted a truck pulled over on the side of the
road. That's not so odd really; it was the load of 5 mattresses stuffed
standing up in the back of a white pickup truck that caught my eye.
Okay, maybe 5 mattresses stuffed
standing up in a truck isn't that unusual. On its own, perhaps it's
not. But then as I returned to my home after the airport drop-off I
spotted another truck, this one blue in color, with a load of 7 mattresses,
maybe 8, stacked one on top of the other. That's when my brains started
churning. Were these two sightings related in any way? Where were
all these mattresses going?
I continued on my way thinking
about the hazards of the mattress stack. The winds of yesterday have died
down but I have to assume the breeze that is blowing could certainly create
some sort of havoc.
Further down the road, about 25
minutes away from my home, I noted a car up ahead. Tied tight on the
roof were a mattress and a box spring.
Seventy miles of driving.
Fourteen mattresses. I'm not sure what it all means, but I'm wondering if
there isn't a production of The Princess and the Pea somewhere nearby. Or
could it be that there is a helluva sale going on that I don't know about?
18 hours ago