Wednesday, September 12, 2007

Road Rageous

School is definitely back in session, as evidenced by the ridiculous amount of traffic I have to endure every morning. Last night's "drive" home was absurd.....it took me nearly 2 fricken hours to get home (mi casa is 30 miles from work)...well, ok, there were 2 accidents & 2 stalled cars on the freeway, but most nights (lately) have also been a long ride home....

I've tried switching routes, listening to traffic reports on the radio (which are always stale) before heading out, and checking out the sigalerts online....and that's really no help.

I strolled into work today, 1/2 an hour late & pissed off. I can't continue this BS commute much longer....my sanity is at stake. I thought that screaming like a nelly queen yelling at the top of my lungs would help relieve some of the rage I was feeling, but nope....still angry here!

I HATE the freeway culture of L.A......Methinks I need to say screw this town & screw owning a car, and then head somewhere a little further north (SF)....or maybe make the move I really want to & say hello to the Big Apple...if only it were that easy!

Sorry for the crappy vent post, but it was either this or me running a Geo Metro off the side of the road.

18 comments:

Jim said...

Now, now, you know that this "back to school" thing only lasts a couple of weeks.

I always wonder, where do they go after a couple of weeks? Do the parents give up on caring if their children get to school?

Remember, you have all those "High Holy Days" to look forward to where none of your Jewish friends will be out driving as much.

Silly Billy said...

Pretty soon all the stupid people will realize school is not for them and they will, fail, I mean drop out. So just hang in there.

Its funny though, here in NY I get soooooooo frustrated when Mass Transit is not working properly (like yesterday), so I guess it is a "grass is greener on the other side" scenario.

Lewis said...

I'd have run that GDGM (god damned geo metro) right off of the road. 30 miles to work? Hoooonnnnneey....you've gotta get that changed. And, I know I know....the drink is overdue.

Paul said...

Your vent sounds like the PMS I had yesterday over my phone situation. Do we have the same time of the month? Really I don't know how you deal with the traffic there. I'm glad the traffic isn't so bad here except for the occasional traffic accident then there is a bit of congestion cause Bakersfield is known as the town with dead-end freeways to nowhere. I don't like dealing with people that dont know how to drive! I feel your pain sister!

Howard said...

There is absolutely nothing wrong with Geo Metros. I used to own one. That line hurt me in my heart, you know.

J. David Zacko-Smith said...

Oh, I don't blame you - traffic here in Seattle is HORRIBLE too, though not as bad as LA. I get homicidal, really. Luckily, Seattle does have very good public transit, and, also luckily, I now work a mile from home and right next to campus - so I sold my car in June and now walk to work. I just use FlexCar when I need one (they even have Mini Cooper's and Mazda Miatas). I don't miss driving at all, and I notice that I feel much less stress every day.

Christopher said...

Jim: yes, you're right, but I don't drive through Hollywood, so my Jewish friends not driving won't really have an impact on me.

Billy: wanna trade lawns?

Lewis: the drink is ALWAYS overdue!

Paul: it must be love if we're on the same menstrual cycle!

Howard: I chose the Geo Metro as my 'Rage Target', solely because my ex used to drive one of those years ago...oh, and the one in front of me kept riding her brakes... Much love/repsect to Howard!

J: I could give up driving in a second...tho, I do love being ridden...oops...I mean driven!

Scot said...

morning commute yesterday took an hour 20. 80 f'ing minutes when it should have taken 40. Screw these school brats. I cn understand working a distance from home, but go to school in your own damned neighborhood, thank you very much!

charlie said...

Maybe you'll decide to stay in Rapid City. You know they got the name of the city due to its lack of traffic.

jay said...

NY traffic isn't any better but there you won't even need a car.

franck said...

Should have run that Geo Metro off the road.

Michael Guy said...

Good. It's settled then. You can move to Chicago. We have a big lake. Sure, it's not the ocean but you'll gain deep-dish pizza, too.

Relax, hon. Karma will kill the lil' slo-poke fuckers for you.

Greg said...

I know exactly how you feel. I commute from the LBC to Irvine for work; Tuesday's drive lasted 1-1/2 hours!!! Summer break needs to be re-instated so my commuyte drops back to 30 minutes max.

Eric said...

I miss my car, I'll say that for a start...but I do NOT miss sitting in rush hour traffic vainly trying to will myself closer to my office so I can be on time.
With very few exceptions, the subway gets me to work right on time.
I also find that coming to work two hours earlier than the rush hour folks is a REAL help.

Red7Eric said...

My 13-mile commute takes me 90 minutes some evenings. Hi, I live in DC.

And if you want to live in NY, go for it. Of course, you won't even own a car there, because the subways goes just about everywhere and then you walk. Which I would totally do in DC if I could get away with it, but the Metro doesn't travel to my office. Bleah.

M- Filer said...

MOVE TO NEW YORK! start searching now. It is so much nicer than LA. The freedom of movement alone is liberating. Do it!

Christian said...

I feel your pain. Even though I only live less than 10 miles away from work and I don't have to get on any freeway, I have to drive by many elementary, middle, and high schools. It's the moms and dads that are dangerous. If you think that they drive slowly and carefully near schools, you are wrong. These bastards are the meanest and worst drivers alive. They would take every short cut and cut any corner they can find to get their kids off their cars so they can get to work.

TCho said...

I've never driven in LA, but i've driven in San Diego, and I think they had the craziest drivers I've ever seen in US. almost as bad as Europeans.