Sort of like The Twilight Zone...

Real Estate Agent with Atlanta Communities 303302

I used to love to watch the old TV series, The Twilight Zone. The guy with the cool, deep voice would introduce the show each week and I would be all ears. They had the weirdest ideas for episodes. I think I lived through one today.

Although I don't remember hearing Rod Serling voicing my episode from this morning, I can hear him now in that rich, deep voice saying, "It should have been a normal day, but no, where were the people?"

You see, I had to drive in to Atlanta this morning for a yearly CT Scan at Emory Hospital. So, I left a bit early, knowing full well that Atlanta traffic can be a bit dicey at times. I hit the freeway heading south and...nothing. Very few cars. I looked around to make sure no one was hiding in my blind spot, but no one was even in my lane. It got even weirder after that.

I made it all the way downtown with little to no traffic and reached the dreaded exit at Georgia Tech. This is where merging traffic entering the highway crosses in front of the cars exiting. Usually, the ambulances and police cars just cue up there to cart away those that fail to navigate this treacherous stretch of road. Today, no one. Not a soul.

I made it to the hospital and as I enter the building, I go through a screening, temp taken, and questions asked. The building itself seemed oddly deserted.

I rode up to my floor in an elevator...all by myself. That has never happen before in the hospital's history. I checked. At this point I am thinking everyone got taken and I was the only one left. I walked out into the area I need to be in and was escorted back early by a smiling nurse. Everyone was in a good mood since NO ONE was around. In and out in 15 minutes. And no traffic back home. I can hear the twilight music playing in the back ground. This Covid thing has truly re-made the world into a strange and scary place.

Be careful out there.

Posted by

Peter den Boer, Associate Broker, Realtor

Atlanta Communities Real estate Brokerage


Ph. 770.713.1545


I write about daily life as a Realtor in the Towne Lake Community in Woodstock Georgia.

Comments (8)

Michael J. Perry
KW Elite - Lancaster, PA
Lancaster, PA Relo Specialist

Enjoy it now , by July -August traffic and people will greatly increase ( as well as our income )

May 13, 2020 12:42 PM
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy


I know what you mean.  Just driving around here at certain times can be dicey, and we have to take the back routes.  Happy to hear that all went smoothly for you. A

May 13, 2020 12:52 PM
Anna Banana Kruchten CRS, CRB, Phoenix Broker
HomeSmart Real Estate BR030809000 - Phoenix, AZ

Peter that's the way it's been for the most part in PHX.'s opening up here and there is once again traffic. Never thought I'd be happy to see so many folks on the road. I am!


May 13, 2020 02:58 PM
Lauren Williams, CPO, CVPO
Casual Uncluttering LLC - Woodinville, WA
Professional Organizer: Puget Sound homes

Peter den Boer It is sooo true that when our expectations are upended, even in a positive way, it can be completely unsettling. Lauren

May 13, 2020 05:27 PM
Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

Hi Peter- I think many of us have been experiencing a bit of the Twilight Zone. Traffic has picked up a bit here in Houston. Larry has a dental appointment coming up and they said to wait in the parking lot, call the office and someone will come out and get him. You do what you have to do. 

May 13, 2020 07:08 PM
Realtyna Inc
Realtyna - Newark, DE
Realtyna- MLS RETS Integration software & services

Hi Peter den Boer, little traffic also means it gets very quiet after dark around here. Too quiet if you ask me.

May 14, 2020 03:24 AM
Barbara Todaro
RE/MAX Executive Realty - Retired - Franklin, MA
Previously Affiliated with The Todaro Team

Good morning, Peter den Boer it's a new way of life.... and just the thought of entering a hospital makes me stop and think.... haven't had to do that yet....

May 14, 2020 03:31 AM
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

Hello Peter - I can also hear the voice of Rod Serling "playing" as I read your post.  It definitely is a bit eerie when on the road at times in places where traffic is known to be horrible and then discover little to no congestion.  

May 14, 2020 05:17 AM