Thank goodness for the public transportation system in the DC metropolitan area. I might start criticizing it less now that I've regained some perspective.
I've been in California for two days now and the following has happened to me:
- I ran several errands on Wednesday, requiring the use of a vehicle. I would park the car properly (safely between the two line markers). I would return to the car to find that someone had parked so close to me that I could barely open the driver's door.
- Someone cut me off only to come to a screeching halt because of the stalled traffic directly in front of us.
- While traveling at a comfortable speed in the carpool lane (HOV for you East Coasters) during rush hour traffic, I had to come to a screeching halt (nearly hitting the car in front of me) because some foolio decided that he just had to leave the carpool lane that instant and join the stalled traffic in the non-carpool lanes (and he crossed the double yellow lines).
- I sat in the most random traffic on the 5 at 11:00 a.m. yesterday on the way to San Diego. I'm sorry, but the 11:00 a.m. traffic jam on a Wednesday on a 10 lane freeway is new to me.