Friday, September 28, 2007

Driving in L.A.

Law Breakers

Two mornings a week, I have to journey "over the hill" to Santa Monica for my jewelry fabrication class. I sit on the 405 freeway parking lot for an hour and a half - sometimes more.

To entertain myself since I'm on the road well before my normal awake time, I drive in the "fast" lane, next to the car pool lane. I lean my head against my window and watch my side mirror to count the number of cars in violation of the 2 or more people rule. Usually about 10 during my 17 mile drive on this particular freeway.

Speed Demon
So I knew the drive was bad, but I didn't realize how bad until this week. Normally, if I have errands to run, I do them after class. Pacific Artglass had a huge sale and I needed glass for fusing. Or I needed to pick up crystals one day for my wire wrap class; it's easy enough to hit downtown on the way home. But yesterday, I had no errands to run. I came straight home. How long did the same journey take me in reverse at a non-rush hour time? 25 minutes door to door!

Wimpy, Wimpy, Wimpy

What is it I disdain so about a "man" who stands on the side of the freeway, watching another MAN change his tires? I see this often in L.A. and it amazes me every time. Where I come from, a real man would be embarrassed to call a tow truck for that!


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Anonymous said...

I hate traffic. I hate freeways, highways, whatever you call them. I've grown to hate driving, period. Too many people not following the rules, written or unwritten. It's rare that I go anywhere without wondering how at least two people managed to get their driver's licenses, or if they even have a license.

I give people the benefit of the doubt until I know otherwise. That man might have had a heart condition or some other disability.

CreekHiker / HollysFolly said...

Janet, I know all about people judging what may be a handicap. I get that all the time. But, I see this type of thing almost daily. I don't think guys out here know how to do anything to a car.

Anonymous said...

If the "helpless" guy is well-dressed, perhaps he doesn't want to get his hands dirty and is willing to pay $100 to anyone who is.

CreekHiker / HollysFolly said...

Janet, It's not even that they are well dressed... they ARE usually driving nice cars though. Which is where I think my negative judgment comes from.