L.A. Thanksgiving traffic almost beautiful from a distance

Originally published at: http://boingboing.net/2016/11/23/l-a-thanksgiving-traffic-almo.html

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As someone who lives solidly in the Northeast corridor, this sight merely fills me with dread. Your fate is laid bare before you. There are no shortcuts, no speedier ways. Only the teeth-gnashing slog you must overcome.

I wish we had a better train system.

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So, your screen name should really be GnashRambler, hmmm? :wink:

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It’s like a holy river of light, except the light is despair.

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Tomorrow-morrow Land is here!

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Edited to add: sometimes, the journey is the hell.

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I love L.A. . . . because it’s on the opposite side of the country and I don’t have to live there.

That said, @NashRambler is right. Escaping any big city in the days immediately prior to a major holiday is a depressing traffic nightmare. The only way to avoid traffic jams is to leave at 2am (and hope you don’t hit another metro area near sunrise.)

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NM, @howaboutthis beat me to it.

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One of my first thoughts after watching: Now just imagine if those inside lanes were trains

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I live over in ATL, and that sight ALSO fills me with dread. Reminds me of 285 around spaghetti junction…

As bad as my commute is some days, it is never that bad. So I guess I can be thankful for that.

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“My god, it’s full of cars.”

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I figure it’ll take my parents 25 minutes to get the 20 miles to our house, but then again we are country bumkins.

“I feel like I’ve lived several lifetimes, and yet, have gone nowhere at all.”

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The next tweet:

“I can think of no other reason for this squirrel’s actions than that it was like a suicide bomber, getting revenge,” the alderman said…

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If only there were some way transport people in a mass fashion.

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It’s like a giant candy cane snaking through LA! And like a candy cane, pretty to look at, but not all that great once you get into it.

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Who else, at first glance, thought the streams of white and red lights were the result of a time-lapse image, only to realize in horror that it was a regular fraction-of-a-second exposure?

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having driven in LA I had no thoughts about it being a time lapse/long exposure.

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If I could just get off that LA freeway
without getting killed or caught . . .

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