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Written by David A. Ufer

June 17, 2013 at 8:38 am

I Didn’t Belong There

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Bradenton to Oldsmar is usually an hour drive and 52 miles or so. Last night I was grabbing gears and chewing pavement on the way home when in my ever constant quest for fuel efficiency and time savings, I decided to take Rt. 19 North after crossing the Sunshine Skyway Bridge instead of taking I-275.

Oh boy, that was a mistake! I’m not sure what was going on but there was a police presence everywhere and some of America’s best citizens were on display at every street corner. I took a right onto a side street and then things really got intetesting! At one point, a white sedan stopped sideways across the double yellow line blocking a lane of traffic in both directions and four misguided youths bolted from the car, running right past my vehicle. I noticed the driver’s side of the sedan window was smashed from what appeared to be someone’s skull, judging from the shape of the smashed glass.

Needless to say, I was Eastbound and down at that point, heading God knows where but making great time! With the help of my cell phone navigation system, I took a tour of downtown St. Petersburg, finally ending up on I-175 and eventually I-275. I drove an extra 20 minutes and 7 miles, which doesn’t seem like much but it was white-knuckle all the way.

It was not the ending to the fun weekend I had in mind but you can trust me on this, I will NEVER voluntarily take that route again!