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California Carmageddon…and Other Ridiculous Notions…


There are these moments that makes me shake my head and feel completely embarrassed to be a Southern California resident. Oh there are so many, like when we elected Arnold Schwarzenegger to be the Governator, I mean even Gary Coleman ran in that recall election as well as Angelyne. If you don’t know who she is, she starred in such movies as “Earth Girls are Easy” and “The Angelyne Dream Experience”.

Another one of those only in LA moment is when it rains, and truly it does not rain often, but the weather forecasters go straight into panic mode. A little sprinkle will prompt the following phrase: “Storm Watch.” It’s not a storm, it’s barely a raspberry, we don’t need to call out the coast guard. Granted a couple of times in the winter it will rain heavily (especially if it’s an El niño year), and when it rains a lot there are mud slides, it was so bad one year the engines of a lot cars were flooded, but this is not the norm. My question is: knowing that your home was located in a Canyon that is prone to mudslides, why would you rebuild there? And to add to the madness sundae is this crazy cherry on top: it is very expensive to buy a home in these areas and they are very secluded and I suppose that exclusivity adds to their allure. I think it’s the Hollywood effect: everyone wants to think they are special, so they think that they need to buy a house where no one can reach the. This is not a good idea when you live  in an area prone to mudslides and did I mention brush fires? Because if no one can reach you, then that no one includes firemen and police officers. I think it’s completely illogical.

However the pièce de résistance is happening this weekend. This weekend the California natives are in rare form, their ridiculousness is in complete and total overdrive because, ready for it, ten miles of the 405 will closed down for 53 hours. Now I know it’s annoying and it’s an inconvenience, but did we really need to call it Carmageddon? And my local public broadcasting station has created this program which documents the fears of what chaos may happen. If you type in Carmageddon a list of articles chronicling all the paranoia and fears of what this will do LA’s society as a whole will pop up. The 405 is always jammed, even on the weekend, which is why I don’t head over to Santa Monica more often. And yes there will probably be some problems, but we’ll just have to deal with them. Is this an armageddon type situation, can we refer to it as an end-of-the world scenario, is this good versus evil, um…no. The closures are from 10 to the 101, which just means don’t head over to Santa Monica. Most people will take alternate routes, and those probably will be a little more congested, but it’s not going to kill us to go somewhere else, or spend some time at home. My assumption is that the media is making a bigger deal of it than it is, classic LA. Everyone calm down, there is really no need to panic, I think.

Oh and just in case you think I’m being overly dramatic, here’s that program trailer. Oh yeah, I’m totally serious.

4 thoughts on “California Carmageddon…and Other Ridiculous Notions…

  1. Oh this is hilarious! LA is going to go into meltdown!
    A few years ago we were over in Decmber and the weather was so lovely, we walked out of our apartment on Ocean Drive ( a friend’s house) in t shirts, basking in the warmth… and a woman walked by in a scarf, long puffa coat and hat! We were slack jawed in disbelief, it was summertime to us!

    But you know as much as I mock, I’d move there tomorrow if I could get a job, I just love it.

    • Oh yeah, SoCal folks also overreact if the thermostat falls below 70, it’s really weird. My friend moved to Colorado and when he came back for a visit he was wearing shorts in 50 degree weather. We were a bit shocked, we were all cold thinking he must be insane.

  2. I hear carmageddon is going better than expected.

    • It actually is, no one is going on the freeways. But I heard a big old chunk fell through the barrier set up to catch and protect the parts that they aren’t working on. So that may make the whole thing longer. I can live without the 405 for a while, so I am not worried. You can always find another route, that’s the good thing about our freeways. You ask for directions and we start listing numbers. It’s nuts, like if you ask me to go to downtown LA, I tell you to take the 605 to the 60 to the 101 and get off at Union. Funny huh?

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