Tuesday, March 30, 2004
  You know you're in LA when...
Last week we were in Los Angeles for the weekend (for my brother's wedding). As usual, we were stuck in bumper-to-bumper traffic from the edge of the valley to Long Beach (what is normally a 40 minute drive took us 2.5 hours). Naturally, we tuned into the traffic only to find out that there really wasn't anything to blame for this backup.

Besides the inevitable traffic jam, we knew we were in southern California by the traffic report:

Example: "The 405 southbound is backed up beyond the 10, with stop and go traffic past LAX and onto the 105. The 5 is a mess, with the backup now affecting traffic on the eastbound 10."

The 405, the 5, the 10. After 6 years in San Diego, it took me about two years to stop referring to freeways as "THE XXX". Didn't really notice it when I was living there, but I sure notice it now.

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