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You might have heard about the terrible tragedy to strike Los Angeles last night. Gigantic earthquake toppled it into the sea? Forest fire ran amok and consumed the entire place? Mexico finally said "¡No más!" and took its land back?
A 10-mile stretch of one of the nation's busiest freeways has turned into a virtual ghost road.
Interstate 405 closed for 53 hours for a major construction project beginning early Saturday that will test whether this car-dependent city can change its driving habits for a weekend.
For weeks, authorities have urged Los Angeles-area residents to avoid getting in their car, lest they trigger what's been hyped as "Carmageddon."
Such an event could back up vehicles from the 405 to surface streets and other freeways, causing a domino effect that could paralyze much of the city.
Yes, you read that right, everyone. 53 hours!
When people suffer so terrible a fate, you can bet that Maggie's Farm will be right there with comfort, aid, and moral support for those most devastated by their grievous loss.
And we note for the record this isn't the first time Highway 405 has been shut down. 405 was where OJ Simpson's infamous 'slow speed chase' took place, and I'm sure we all remember when that jetliner landed on it a few years ago, narrowly avoiding what could have been a horrific disaster.
LA folks discuss freeways like 8-month, first time pregnant women discuss natal issues. Freeway updates permeate their lives. Drivers (that means almost everyone) are glued to the constant radio traffic conditions: "The 605 won't get you a speeding ticket today, a fender bender has closed off the #2 lane... the 8 is moving nicely up from San Ysidro...", etc.
I'm in Northern California, where the traffic is bad – but nowhere near as bad as LA. Actually, things would be fine, if the Legislature hadn't confiscated the funds intended for freeway maintenance and building in order to pay offf it's special interests.
Travel by personal automobile can't be beat for convenience and efficiency. Unfortunately, 'green' special interests have screwed up the system in favor of silly mass transit, pie-in-the-sky "solutions", which never have the promised effect.
The free market demands the freedom of personal transportation. Leftists don't like that one little bit, and traffic gridlock is the inevitable result.
Great video with great effects! Two points: the guy in the Jeep is an idiot for not putting on his brakes in the beginning and avoiding the whole thing (but then, no video), and the granny proved smarter than he was by moving over a lane!
feeblemind ...*Of course* they'll detour and cancel any appointments which might force them to use the 405 this weekend. I'm convinced that there are still some very smart folks living in California -- even in the La-La L.A. area.
And you've got one of them living with you. Congratulations!
There's some background info on the site, and they said the granny had never driven a car in her life. She just sat there as they green-screened everything. A funny but trivial little detail.
What was interesting was when the guy said how surprised they were at how dirty airplanes are. We tend to view them as gleaming shiny silver, but up close and personal they really are pretty dirty around the wheel wells, underbelly, and the exhaust. It's one of those things that, if they hadn't dirtied it up, would have looked fake -- but we wouldn't have known why. It just would have looked 'unnatural'. But, dirty it up, they did, and, as you saw, it looked perfect. What an incredible job.
Not at all surprised that "Carmageddon" is turning out to be not so bad. Same thing happened in LA during the '84 Olympics. They spent months worrying about the increased traffic during the Olympics and predicting apocalyptic traffic jams. When the Olympics started, it turned out that so many people had decided it would be a good time to take their vacation away from the city, the traffic never materialized. If I recall, it was even better than normal over much of the area. Also, they are really good there about minimizing the impact of construction. Where else would work that requires closing a highway be completed with only a 53 hour closure?
Formerly known as Skeptic
Doc, I didn't get around to viewing the video until the wee hours of this morning. It was truly hilarious, but the best part has to be the little old lady at the end. I believe that species of driver is ubiquitous in its US habitat so we can all appreciate her.
I got my Significant Other out of bed to watch this video and she laughed so hard she couldn't breathe. She told me one of the things that makes the video work is that the runways at LAX run parallel to The 405. As you are tooling down the freeway in the vicinity of LAX you can look over and see planes landing and 'passing you', one after another.
She was very surprised she had never seen the video as it was so old.
She just lives with me part time. It will be another year before she wraps up her affairs in California and actually moves here.
We are definitely an unlikely pairing. I 'met' her on eBay 8 or 9 years ago when I stumbled into her cyberstore.
The relationship turned serious a year and a half ago.
I still marvel at it. She is also a former TV news producer in the LA market. She knows rich and famous people, and is related by marriage to a person whose name would be instantly recognized by Maggie's readers.
And with those connections and opportunities, she chose an obscure, impecunious, peasant farmer in an empty state. Go figure.