With my own internet connection down because the vagaries of Time Warner's cable internet modem decided that if it were ever unplugged, it would never come back on again, I've been forced to find a signal wherever I can. And I'm not quite sure where this signal is coming from. But I have a signal of sorts, but there will be limited posting until Saturday.
Last night, a pothole on the Pasadena Freeway grew into a sinkhole and it shut down the northbound side of the freeway a few blocks up from my house. It hasn't inconvenienced me because it's north of where I get on and off the freeway. But for some, it's been a problem.
Commuters to Pasadena and South Pasadena, such as Nadine Romero, a manager at a Starbucks on Fair Oaks Avenue, saw their commute almost double.
"It usually takes me just 15 minutes from Silver Lake to Pasadena, but today it ended up making me spend 45 minutes on the freeway," Romero, 31, said. "The 110 is usually not a problem and is quite an enjoyable drive in the mornings with the L.A. River and nice landscapes."
I have absolutely no idea which route this woman is taking, but you really can't go from Silver Lake to South Pasadena via the 110 Freeway unless you take a very odd route. And the Los Angeles River doesn't go near the 110 Freeway, or at least the Pasadena Freeway section. The Arroyo Seco is the river that goes by the freeway. Which is why the freeway is also called the Historic Arroyo Seco Parkway. (Some sources use Arroyo Seco Historic Parkway.) That was the name of the freeway when it opened in 1939. (Except for the "Historic Park")
Speaking as an L.A. street geek, usually from Silver Lake to South Pasadena, you can try heading up Fletcher and get on the 2 North and then the 134 South and then you wait for that to hook up to the 210 East and you get off at California Avenue and make your way into South Pasadena.
And there are ways to get from Silver Lake to South Pasadena without even taking the freeway, although you still have to get on to one of the streets that crosses over the Arroyo Secto. But I don't see how you would ever end up on the northern terminus of the freeway, which is in the city of Pasadena, if you were coming from Silver Lake.
I shall now have to go to this Starbucks (one of three in the city of South Pasadena on Fair Oaks Avenue) and tell the manager that her directions are bad and her knowledge of geography is faulty. I'm sure such comments will be welcomed!
I probably shouldn't use that Starbucks to get the wifi.
Of course, now that I've reread the story, I was expecting the woman to be coming SOUTH on the 110 and not NORTH. So her route does make sense. And now you can see what a trip up the Pasadena Freeway is like if you're not from around here. This is without a sinkhole.