Forget that whole Rapture business. Or even the 2012 Prophecy. People, mark your calendars for the weekend of July 16, 2011, and get as far away from Los Angeles as humanly possible. Even the mayor is recommending it. The Mayor. Telling us to get out of town. Be prepared.
In something that I envision playing out like a Michael Bay film, and narrated by the Moviefone guy, just try and imagine this: For fifty-three hours, ten miles of the 405 freeway, the clogged artery that joins the Westside to the Valley, will be shut down.
Totally shut down.
Basically, from the boulevards of Ventura to Sunset there will be no direct route. The canyons, the coast highway, and the side streets we take to cut around traffic – will be filled with traffic. There will be no escape.
(FYI, did you know that if the San Fernando Valley was to separate from LA, it would be the sixth largest in the country? Like, totally.)
There once was some method to this madness. Now there is simply madness.
I hate cars. Which is really not a good thing when you live in LA. Because our public transportation leaves much to be desired. And this town is stretched waaay out.
So, you can understand why the announcement is sounding more like an emergency preparedness campaign than a traffic alert.
There’s no need to freak out. Just be prepared. It’s the perfect excuse for a staycation. Prepare to relax, hang out by the pool, invite the locals over. Prepare to eat, drink, and be merry. And then maybe drink a bit more. Because no one is driving. xo a.
And so, five great things someone else said about being prepared:
Chance favors the prepared mind. – Louis Pasteur
Hoping for the best, prepared for the worst, and unsurprised by anything in between. – Maya Angelou
Life belongs to the living, and he who lives must be prepared for changes. – Johann Wolfgang von Goeth
Do not give way to useless alarm; though it is right to be prepared for the worst, there is no occasion to look on it as certain. – Jane Austen, Pride and Prejudice
A daydreamer is prepared for most things. – Joyce Carol Oates
And on the subject of public transit, have you seen this?