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No Deer in the Headlights

December 14, 2009 - Phyllis Sigal
The last time I worked late on a Saturday night, I blogged about the deer crossing the road on W.Va. 88 on my way home.

This past Saturday night, I thought to myself as I drove home, "Here comes another blog."

Why? Because no deer in his or her right mind would have been anywhere near Bethany Pike on Saturday night. The Festival of Lights stream of traffic would have kept those poor dear far, far away from the headlights.

And this was after 11 p.m.! I'm not sure what all those cars were expecting to see, because it is my understanding that the lights are turned off at 11 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays. But when I was traveling home — luckily I could turn onto the very first street off of Bethany Pike to get to my house — the road was bumper to bumper.

Apparently, the lines of cars were backed up for miles and miles and miles in every direction earlier Saturday night.

But — with the exception of the poor souls who must travel W.Va. 88 to get home during the holiday lights season — this is good news.

It's good news for Sheets, where not one more car would fit at the gas pumps or in the parking spaces at that late hour on Saturday.

It's good news for hotels throughout the area, because many of the cars had out-of-state plates.

It's good news for the restaurants — people have to eat, and goodness knows driving through all that traffic can work up an appetite.

It's good news for all the shops at Oglebay, for the Mansion Museum and for the Good Zoo ... traffic and people equal revenue.

So, sorry to all the residents — believe me, I feel for you — but, it's nice to see so many people checking out the lights.

But, hey people, if you can — how about visiting the lights Monday through Thursday from about dusk to 10 p.m. just to alleviate some of the weekend congestion.


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