Today I think that I will talk about Los Angeles traffic. First, i would like to recommend you read the Wikipedia entry on California freeways.

I have been asked more than once how you deal with the legendary LA traffic. The simple answer is that I don’t.

Over the past two weeks, Paula and I have had occasions to be stuck in traffic on the 405 (aka the San Diego Freeway) coming home to San Pedro. Both times we had gone to Malibu to have lunch at Gladstones. Once after we bought the piano and the other to meet up with Paula’s friend Andrea. Both times we headed home at about 3pm which is onset of prime time traffic. We have 5 or 6 lanes of traffic proceeding at about 5-10 mph.

Driving on LA freeways is not for the faint of heart. Traffic (it seems) is always heavy. Usually 4 or 5 lanes across. Freeway are usually called either by name (ie. The San Diego Freeway) or “the” followed by the rte number (ie. The 405). Never are they called I405.

Most other times we just don’t need to be on the freeways during rush hour times. Remember here that we are retired. Most times we just need to go to one of the many local grocery stores. not much traffic to deal with.

One thing that really bugs me in the many parking lots are the ever present speed bumps. They are truly annoying. And there are so many stop signs. Typically placed at the top of a hill just to annoy those folks who still have a standard shift.

One thing that I like is that street names don’t change when you go from city or town to another. And they are generally well marked. In MA, not so. Street signs change names when you go from one town to another. Usually named after the town you are heading to.

That’s it for today.

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Location:San Pedro

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