Re: DAMN the race fans
Hah, you think that's bad?
I live 11 miles from work. When I drive to work on Saturdays when there's no commute traffic, it takes me about 15 minutes. The problem is that during the weekday, all 12 lanes of highway have to merge down to 6 lanes through a 1-mile-long tunnel. If the idiots happen to get lucky during their merging and then navigate through the tunnel unscathed, they slow down traffic enough that it takes me 1/2-hour to get to work. No big deal.
But when one of those idiots decides to get into a wreck (of course it usually is IN one of the tunnels) then the highway comes to a literal stop. Basically, nobody moves until they get a wrecking crew to haul the cars/trucks out of the tunnel and get the mess cleaned up. I've sat, STUCK in traffic with cars all around me, unable to even get myself onto the shoulder, for 2 hours.
Luckily, from my house I can see wayyyy down the hill to the highway, so I know ahead of time when the freeway is a parking lot. I can take the back roads up and over the mountain and it'll only take me about 45 minutes to get to work.
Why was metropolitan San Francisco built where it was? Wherever we go, we're choked by traffic at toll booths for our 9 bridges across the bay, our numerous tunnels through the mountains, and countless idiot drivers who seem to be better at getting into wrecks than avoiding wrecks. *sigh*
-- Geoff Beasley