Hey there, I’m Neil Thrussell, your average guy from Calgary with a penchant for pondering life’s big questions. And what better time to do that than when you’re stuck in the mother of all traffic jams on your way to Vancouver? Yes, you heard me right—traffic jam philosophy is now a thing, and I’m here to tell you all about it.

Picture this: I’m behind the wheel, cars as far as the eye can see, and the radio playing yet another song I’ve heard a million times. I decided it was high time to put my time in the car to better use. So, there I was, deep in thought, contemplating the one question that has perplexed humanity for centuries: “What is the meaning of life?

Hours passed, and I was no closer to solving the mysteries of the universe. But then it hit me like a ton of bricks—or, in this case, like the aroma of freshly brewed coffee. I needed a coffee break! So, I pulled over at the next rest stop and got myself a piping hot cup of joe.

As I sipped that delicious coffee, I couldn’t help but smile. There’s something about the warmth of a good brew that makes you appreciate the little things in life. But I didn’t stop there. I reached into my snack stash and pulled out a gingersnap cookie. Yes, a gingersnap—a little taste of heaven in the palm of my hand.

With coffee in one hand and cookie in the other, I got back on the road, and that’s when it hit me—the meaning of life wasn’t some grand, complex concept. It was right there in front of me, in the form of a hot cup of coffee and a gingersnap cookie. Life’s true meaning was in appreciating the simple pleasures.

But I wasn’t done yet. I looked around at the empty passenger seat, where Tina would usually sit, and I said aloud, “This traffic jam has shown me that the meaning of life is not found in the destination but in the journey itself. And right now, this journey is pretty sweet—just like this gingersnap.”

I chuckled at my newfound wisdom, and I couldn’t blame myself. Who would have thought that a traffic jam could lead to such profound revelations? But that’s me—Neil Thrussell, traffic philosopher extraordinaire.

So, the next time you’re stuck in bumper-to-bumper traffic, remember my story. Grab a cup of coffee, a gingersnap cookie, and relish in the simple pleasures of life. After all, in the grand scheme of things, isn’t that what it’s all about?

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