If you live in or near Los Angeles, or if you're Twittered or Facebooked or LinkedInned with someone in L.A. - or if know someone who knows someone who acted in a movie with Kevin Bacon - chances are you've heard that a big portion of the 405 freeway is going to be closed next weekend.
Which isn't that big of a deal, except that about half a million cars use the route each weekend, including, most importantly, mine. And that - even when every lane is open - you can usually count on getting stuck in traffic.
In other words, it's going to be a complete and utter nightmare. (Well, either that or I'll just go to the beach.)
This city being the creative capital of the world, we've come up with a catchy name for the event: Carmageddon.
The Los Angeles Times covered it this way a few months ago, which was fine, except that the reporter made one observation that I found rather odd:
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I don't play the lottery too much anymore. Do a lot of winning tickets have 11 picks? Or three-digit numbers? More to the point: Is there any possible way the writer could have made that potentially helpful information - alternate routes and bus lines for those who need to get around L.A. - any less useful? Thank you, L.A. Times. Thank you for nothing.
Which leads me to the main reason for this nugget of bloggy goodness. Despite the Times' best efforts, for those of us whose driving activity is going to be affected by the freeway closure, there really are only three ways to prepare. They are:
1) Leave Los Angeles for the weekend.
2) Stay extremely close to home for the weekend. (Which works for me, since "close to home" incorporates "beach.")
3) Outfit yourself properly, with one of the five following new t-shirts designed by S and J Market, the official apparel mart of SFTC. I give you: Carmageddon wear 2011, available for a limited time only!*
(Subtle plug: Click images to visit the S and J Market store.)
Don't live in L.A.? Pick up one or a few anyway! They're the ultimate mid-summer gifts/conversation starters. And you'll make me feel better about having spent a really long time designing apocalyptic versions of the 405 freeway sign. Win-win.
* Not really. I'll probably keep them posted until I sell a whole bunch more.