Friday, February 4, 2011

Street Smarts



Ah, freeways. I glide (rarely) crawl (usually), home to work, back and forth, past all the life that's right and left (directionally, not politically), over, under.

And what have I gained? On average, twenty minutes, white knuckles, and a finger exercise.



I'm not officially off the freeway grid, just trying.

Because freeways are kind of a mindset out here. All too often I've been in a big big hurry to get where I didn't necessarily want to go. And missed what's next door. And next to next door. And next door to that.



31 comments:

  1. Great photos. Yeah, I want to see you exercise your finger!

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  2. Oh, I do like that last photo. *grin*

    I do my best to relax, listen to music, and breathe while I'm in traffic. Fortunately, my hours at work make it possible for me to miss the bulk of rush hour traffic, which is an enormous blessing.

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  3. Freeways seem to be a necessary evil. I like seeing what you see off the grid!

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  4. WV: forgo

    Really.

    When one forgoes the freeway, one sees much more.

    I've been doing a lot of that in Austin and enjoying the discoveries.

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  5. I have a horrible sense of direction, so when I find a route, I'm usually locked in for fear of getting lost by trying something new. But my husband is great at finding alternate routes. It's fun to drive with him because he always knows where he's going, and he always knows which way is north.

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  6. A freeway in my world is one with no cow in the trail.

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  7. Like your murals. SS is needed for good Street Food.

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  8. Ha! In case y'all don't know Linda, she owns a cattle ranch in Alberta, Canada. You should check out some of her recent photos. Things are a bit chilly up there.

    CA, I agree. Wish someone would give me some good restaurant rec's.

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  9. Just came bak from OT.
    Try Dish Bistro on Union where Bren Art used to be. Saw our Mayor there 1 nite a couple mths ago I assuming conducting official biz. But hurry. Wait too long & they'll close until the next round of restaurants moves in to do their time there - Vive on that corner is now officially closed!

    Le Pain Quotidien on Colorado is a good chain I like if u like breakfasts.

    btw, who's CA?

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  10. Ah, off the freeway grid - a worthy goal. Much more colorful.

    Yep, Linda's world looks like the frozen tundra. Beautiful though.

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  11. Very cool, Karin! Keep the pictures coming.

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  12. Nice scenery, at least. Can the Altadena Hiker take the train? Its a great ride.

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  13. Wow! An off-the freeway series. I like it.
    WV: sness - nothing to sness at!

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  14. I actually went up Cypress from 26th this morning. I was headed to Beverly Hills and the 110 was blocked up, so I headed over to Los Feliz the back way. Also drove back downtown on Beverly and Third. I also like to drive through the neighborhoods.

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  15. Ah, don’t you have the ”drive through prohibited during rush hour” signs in your community? ... and not to speak of the speed humps ...

    D.

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  16. You've found some beautiful murals - the people that live in this area must be homesick for their farms back in Mexico, Honduras and Guatemala.I don't blame them. It's a pity they can't make a good living from them and stay there, I think they'd like to. But often the farms are divided among the children of a large family and then no-one has enough land to make a living. (Sorry, didn't mean to start a social commentary here, just relaying what my housekeeper told me about her own situation. (11 brothers!!! Her share was 10 cows).

    I guess the community respects these murals so they don't get covered in graffiti?

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  17. Feel free, Bellis.

    I thought about the graffiti, too. In an area that's pretty free with the adhoc artwork.

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  18. The first mural is my favorite. The best of naive. Sometimes skill kills (an insider expression).

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  19. The last two photos appear to be sophisticated graffiti, or else a mural made to look like graffiti. Lots of railroad cars have very sophisticated graffiti on them, done by well-known artists of the graffiti world.

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  20. Groucho on tequila ?
    BTW, I had to look up the spelling for tequila. For the record, I can spell bourbon.
    V

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  21. I believe I've just seen some graffiti I like.

    I wasn't going to comment. Virginia is a tough act to follow.

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  22. I'm glad to hear that others like life off the freeways. What would happen if we gauged just how much time we lose, if any, by taking surface streets? AND if we studied how we spend any time we save by choosing the freeway? I'm not a good purist about this, but I do give it some effort, and it usually pays off.
    Good topic, AH. As Tash says, what about a series on this?

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  23. Now that I've lived outside the land of freeways for 7 months, I've become accustomed to going slower and observing what's around me more. About a month ago we went to Reno on a Sunday. Traffic was light, but I still felt the tenstion and stress increase when I was on the freeway in town with moderate traffic around me. I was glad to get back to the mountains.

    I don't see most graffiti as art - it's vandalism that costs property owners a lot and establishes gang turn. Karin's last two posts are not graffiti. They show street art that reminds immigrants of what they left behind. Typically, this type of wall doesn't get graffitied very often, although there is some in to top photo. Nice post.

    Many people tout the Pasadena Freeway for it's curves and scenery. While it's not like the rest of the LA freeways, there are many alternate routes to get downtown that are far more interesting. Figueroa, Monterey, Huntington are much more interesting and often just as quick.

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  24. I've got a couple of other pictures I'm saving for my Patch piece on Tuesday.

    DB, Banjo and many others are right. Even if a morning commute via freeway saves a minute or 10, it's saved for what? An earlier entrance to an office building?

    PA -- I think that's my favorite, too.

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  25. It may not "be" graffiti, but it's made to look like some graffiti. There's a fine line, between graffiti and some great "street art":

    TO WIT

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  26. I'll say the secret woid and take Groucho.

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  27. I'm rarely in a hurry on the freeway because there's no point. It goes slow anyways.

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  28. Now that's some really awesome freeway art! I'm totally fascinated by murals, including that indecipherable stuff that's ubiquitous to the Inland Empire (you say graffiti, I say graffiti). If anyone knows what those scrawlings in the ag fields of Mira Loma near the I-15 & 60 interchange mean, please, please tell me now!

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  29. I say paint it all or Cover it with air ferns.

    By the way, I like to blow your photos up big BIG.

    Pee ess. Like Ozzie and Harriet blug is a very interesting rabbit hole. She has nine children NINE.

    (seem to be doing this a lot A LOT)

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  30. Yeah, Marjie runs a business with her husband, raises 9 children, homeschools, sews her own clothes, makes beef wellington for Christmas dinner, and has a mastiff. I...I can make toast and do the dishes when the moon is full.

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  31. Street art really started being popular here i SoCal in the late 60's early 70's...and was a great deterrent to graffiti! Sad to say, the graffiti taggers are not as respectful these days of street art so it often suffers the same end as plain walls...

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