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The Grind

by 'Mean' Mike Duffau (writer), I'm the boss!, September 22, 2007

No other way around it...The challenges will lay ahead of you when it comes to the traffic of this town. Nothing ruins your day while sitting in your car under the scorching sun. Even if you're fresh out of the shower eventually you'll be drenched in sweat.

The stop and go takes its toll on my cool, and the frustration is at its infancy and slowly building to a full bloom rage. I grab a stress ball that's in the glove box. That rubber ball is my friend until I reach where I'm going. People ahead of me cut each other off just inching to get some lead way.
It's 8:30am! Maybe I'm looking to deep into this and maybe it's just me but most Americans start work between 7-9 in the morning. What's all the traffic for? So techinically these people are late for work or they have the day off or they have nothing better to do. It's the same song and dance when I enter that parking lot of the famous 405 freeway. Currently, there is construction is being done to widen the freeway in order to park more cars. It is a known fact that cars out number the people in this town and without a car your basically stuck between a rock and a hard place and that place being the bus depot. Is this why Southern Californian folks call this stretch of desert 'car capital of the world'? 'The Grind' capital of the world is more like it!
Maybe there should be a law where every house hold should only own one car. Also, you have to maintain that precious car of yours in tip top shape before you can trade it in for a new one in five years! Maybe that idea cut down on the traffic. This will be the result of taking more pride in your ride, and smog won't be an issue anymore.

Every time I get on the road an suv is always ahead of me. I can't see what's going on in front of me. Most of them drive slower than a senior citizen who just got out of Sunday mass. Correct me if I'm wrong but there is an suv for every make and model and it's just too much of a car. The idea is to save gas people!

I get my daily dose of musical culture while sitting in traffic on the 405. It's a melting pot as it is and the pot has melted a long time ago. What really makes me laugh is that these young Mexican kids are blasting their native songs and it sounds like I'm in a circus. It's bad enough that I have to put up with the loud rap and hip hop music. If I want to hear rap I'd rather go to a spoken word show, and if I want to hear spanish music I'll take a vacation to Mexico. I get all this wonderful culture while going 5 miles an hour. Is the freeway really free?
Sometimes I take the side streets and it's just as worse. As I pass by the many coffee shops along the way I see civilians sipping hot coffee on a hot summers day. Life must be good if you have time to sit around and leisurely have a cup of tar under the sun. Most folks I come in contact with say they're in a hurry to get here or there and they have no time for small talk. "But you have time to go to Starbucks right? You have time to talk about Calvin Klein and Louis Vutton! Shouldn't you be at work making office coffee and discussing the next business meeting?"

Driving while talking on the cell phone is an accident waiting to happen. You don't want to be on the freeway doing that because it takes a special skill like the time when this girl cut in front of me and it was so obvious that she was on her cell phone. I honked at her as I went to pass her. She had the talent to flick me the finger with her right hand. Her left hand still had the phone pressed to her ear and no hands on the stirring wheel.
Here's another issue that you can't escape from, and they're just about in every corner of the block it seems. Wearing orange or white hard hats paving the streets or digging trenches. Blocking traffic and merging the lanes into a one way street. Most cases you have to use a detour to get around these bent out of shape, miserable road construction crew. Even when the street is finished they somehow leave patches of uneven road where the ride is still bumpy. Metal plates used as a substitute only adds to the wear and tear of your tires. Pot holes are filled and a week later it's deeper than the last time.
Here's a small lesson for the drivers of Los Angeles and its going to be a quick and easy one. So listen up! When you're at a traffic light... Green means 'go.' Plain and pure f'in simple!
Here's food for thought! Do you think it's fair to leave your home one or two hours to get to a specific location? From the city of Hawthorne to Westwood is a twelve mile distance, and usually takes a good solid hour or more to get there as oppose to a ride that should only take 15-20 minutes tops.

Ahh! Finally! Arrived where I need to be and I'm usually pissed off and cranky. Certainly not in a mood to talk or say hi to anyone. I need to cool off and change my sweaty shirt, give myself a sink bath, and my day has started. "How do you start your day?"

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'Mean' Mike Duffau is a writer for BrooWaha. For more information, visit the writer's website.
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By Renee Shepard on September 25, 2007 at 10:54 pm
hey Mike the cell phone yacker wasn't driving a red Monte Carlo was she? LOL...
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By 'Mean' Mike Duffau on September 25, 2007 at 11:00 pm
haha!! no, it was some crappy little car. i was too pissed to even care what kind of car she was driving!
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By Renee Shepard on September 25, 2007 at 11:03 pm
:) too funny....
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By 'Mean' Mike Duffau on September 25, 2007 at 11:06 pm
thats life in a big, fake town! the talent is vast!
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