Psst... Los Angeles, sometimes I don't mind your traffic
Oct 9, 2010
It's one of the things we are supposed to say... I hate traffic. Ugh! TRAFFIC!
The 10 is a hot, ugly mess. The 101 is a parking lot. Nothing grinds my gears like TRAFFIC. TWAFFFFIC!
But sometimes, traffic of Los Angeles, I do not mind you.
It's part and parcel of the whole LA thing. It's the tax you pay to live en la cuidad de los angeles. To in habit and dwell in this city, you must accept the fact it will probably take you at least an hour to get from Westwood to Hollywood. With the events of the rush-rush day, it's nice to have the quiet time. To have an hour of stillness. The morning commute is idea generating time. The commute home is the decompression chamber where I allow the events of the day melt away and I completely zen out. As traffic crawls at a snail-like pace, I sit in my Mazda meditating ZoOHM, ZoOHM.
Of course all our technological goodies make traffic more bearable. iPods and what have you. I often rock out and I'm not embarrassed to do it. I am a superstar behind the wheel belting out songs.
There are actual nice parts of the freeway if you are still enough to notice it. The bright lights of the city as the 405 passes the Getty or the 5 connector to the 110 S where the two-lane road snakes up the hill. As I drive these freeways slower, instead of my usual blur of 80+ mph, I am driving at a pace where I can find the beauty of the city. Angelinos know how ugly traffic can get, and we are a forgiving lot when it comes to slight tardiness.
But when I am running late, I hate you LA traffic. But it's not necessarily your fault. You're only serving as a gentle reminder that I should stop dawdling and get going already. Had I only left ten minutes earlier I would have missed the major congestion.
I am partly to blame. I live too darn far away. And I'm doing a cruddy job of reducing my carbon footprint. One day I'll live in a place where everything is close by, but until then I drive ... drive ... drive to my next destination.
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