Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Beating the Traffic

The one thing you need to know about this photo is that this man is skateboarding across a freeway overpass. Beneath him, it's rush hour.

I'm not sure I need to say anything else.

21 comments:

Book Dragon said...

unless you've experienced it, I don't think you could grasp just how lucky the skateboarder is that he can bypass rush hour

youmustbefromaway.com said...

It was rush hour all the time when we were there...

Kalei's Best Friend said...

Also, is he texting or scrolling through his phone....Yep, its getting to be the norm isn't it.

Susan Campisi said...

Smart man.

Petrea Burchard said...

He might be texting,yeah. I hope he stopped when he got to the light. He wasn't speeding...

JB, we recently read that rush hour has gotten worse in our years here and you're statistically correct, it's pretty much all the time now. It used to be there was a morning rush and an evening rush, but now it's nonstop. We avoid the worst of it in Pasadena, but it comes through here to get to LA.

Book Dragon, in a way I feel like we all bypass it, once we're off the ramp and in town. Whew.

John Sandel said...

He's using the new Stonr app, which combines GPS, WiFi and data from the cement industry to map potential hazards for skateboarders. Only 99¢ at the App Store!

Petrea Burchard said...

Whoa! Speaking of Stonr, Blogger just served me up the iPhone interface on my Desktop. That was a weird few seconds. I've come to believe they've got kittens and gerbils doing the programming over there.

CafePasadena said...

looks like it might be the El Molino Street bridge you're on.

Petrea Burchard said...

You got it, Cafe, that's El Molino, looking east toward Lake. You can see the clock tower on the Lake Street overpass if you look closely.

ben wideman said...

I'm not sure why, but this picture made me more homesick than any others you've posted of late. Maybe because just a few months ago, that was me - sub the skateboard for a bike - as I made my way to class.

Sigh, thanks for the continuing memories :)

Bellis said...

I'm so glad I don't have that daily commute to and from the eastern cities, where housing's more affordable. Only a few years ago, the 210 was free of bad snarl-ups at all hours, now it's a mess apart from a few hours at midday. Will the new Metro extension to Monrovia and then hopefully beyond help? Not sure - it may take as long in the train as sitting in traffic. But at least you can read in the train, and text, and check your email, and enjoy looking at the traffic jams, while saving a fortune on gas.

Petrea Burchard said...

Oh Ben, it's always so nice to see you. I hope you're doing well. I should get over to Fuller and wander with my camera for your sake.

Bellis, I rarely have trouble between Glendale and Pasadena. What is that, 3 miles? Small, but it's something. I hope the Metro helps but it'll be a long time before we know.

BaysideLife said...

We don't have much of a rush hour here, but people complain anyway. If we did, I'd have to sit in the traffic--I'm not coordinated enough for a skate board. Though I must say he looks pretty relaxed.

Petrea Burchard said...

Kids are getting a little too relaxed around here lately, Bayside. I see them boarding down El Molino Avenue all the time, in the street. El Molino is not a major road here but it's not a minor one, either. Sometimes, folks trust their fellow travelers a little too much.

Julie said...

Thanks for that, Petrea. Good thinking! Now for me to work out how to describe that in some way ... I'm onto it!

Petrea Burchard said...

Thank you, Julie.
Julie's referring to the upcoming City Daily Photo Theme Day on April 1st. Our regular CDP site was hacked and may not be up by the first. For further information, you can go here: http://cdpbthemeday.blogspot.com.au/

Petrea Burchard said...

http://cdpbthemeday.blogspot.com.au/

Meaning, we'll have the theme day but it might be at this link and not the regular one.

Margaret said...

But let's not forget to notice how blue that sky is. I hope he noticed.

Petrea Burchard said...

I hope so, too.

Wyn said...

I love this photo. It reminds me of the simplicity of life which is so often forgotten in this busy life of ours. Thanks for the reminder!

Petrea Burchard said...

Thanks, Wyn, I'm glad you like it!