A Fun Afternoon at the L.A. Traffic Festival

A while back, I was on my way to meet Jeff somewhere Hollywood-ish on a Sunday afternoon, and traffic was exponentially more ridiculous than it even usually is. I was all, “Whaaaaaaaaat the fuuuuuuuck,” and I called Jeff and was like, “What is up with all these cars, is there some kind of festival going on this weekend?”

“Yes,” he answered. “The Festival of Traffic.”

Since then, whenever traffic is on a larger scale ofridiculosity than the normal level of ludicrosity for no good reason, other than it’s super fun to sit still in a running car burning your hard-earned cash at the rate of $3.50 a gallon, we refer to it as “the L.A. traffic festival.”

So. I was feeling exra festive Monday afternoon, and decided I should try to get from my office in El Segundo to my acting class in Studio City at six o’clock in the evening (I usually don’t work on Mondays so it’s not an issue). For those of you familiar with the greater L.A. area, I don’t believe I need to expound on why this was the worst idea I’ve ever had. For those of you not so familiar, conjure up your worst stereotype of an L.A. freeway at rush hour on a Monday evening. Then picture me taking three of those freeways.

Luckily, I was able to while away part of the time on the phone with my scene partner, also on her way to class and stuck in traffic in a different part of town. We discussed our scene for a while and chatted a little about the traffic festival, deciding we would both probably arrive at 10, as class was ending. About half an hour later, at 6:47 pm, she sent me this text message, which prompted the ensuing text conversation:

her: If u get there let them kno im coming but im still not even 2the 101

me: I’m still on the 110 near downtown! Let’s race.

her: Haha deal. Im going zero mph right now beat THAT!

me: Ouch. I’m now going 15. Progress…

her: Dead stop. But i love traffic when i have 2b somewhere.i find it very relaxing. kina like meditation

me: Me too! Nothing better!

her: Haha see u at 10

me: See you then!

Oh, the traffic festival — always a good time. While participating in the festival, one fun activity is taking pictures of all the fun things the festival has to offer. I’ve made an album so I can cherish the memories. Click here to view it — and maybe I’ll see you at the next festival!

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