Car Rides and Life Decisions

gross generalization: bad days really make you rethink your life

So I had a good day at work today, but my commute is epically long so I decided to check out the closest 24-hour fitness to kill some time/allow traffic to die down before heading home. This gym is one of the worst areas of town, but as someone who went to college in a bad area, I thought I would be OK with it. I also clearly like to pretend to be way more badass than I actually am. I walk into the gym and turn the corner to locker room and there is a security guard in thug stance. There are also sweaty thug-types using free weights and glaring at me. I walk into the locker room, and I see a sign that read “escorts are available to walk you to your car.” I fled like the little prissy white girl I am. Time at gym: four minutes.

Traffic doesn’t die down over the course of four minutes. Especially not during rush hour in Los Angeles. Time in traffic: 1.5 hours.

45 minutes in, while going 0.5 MPH in Westwood, I came to the conclusion that I need to make my moving day sooner, otherwise I might just die. I’m way too busy to commute for three+ hours everyday and not be a zombie. I have a stress/lack of sleep cold (cute) and I haven’t been hungry in about a week (my wallet is OK with this). My life is awesome in so many ways, but it would be so much better if my commute was 10 minutes. Apartment search begins this weekend, wish me luck :D.



p.s. I turn 23 this Friday. so weird. I do enjoy when life changes (new job, new place, new pli) coincide with birthdays. It makes everything all neat and tidy, and I am super into that.

p.p.s. I hope you are making Valentine’s Day baby jokes this and next week, because I feel like a lot of us were.


42 thoughts on “Car Rides and Life Decisions

  1. actionfiguretrish says:

    i’m in the DC metro and i went from your current commute to being 15 minutes from everywhere. LIFECHANGING. you don’t even know yet how much cooler it will really be!!! good luck, seriously. commuting is a secret vampire. and happy birthday!

  2. thewaiting says:

    I nearly fell out of my chair last week when I read an article of the “Best Public Transit Cities in the US” and LA was prominently featured. Um, doesn’t traffic in LA have the reputation for having Dante-esque traffic? And if so, why hasn’t this savior of a transit system been heralded as the best thing ever before? Serves me right for reading Yahoo! News.

    Anyway, get the heck out of there and have a happy birthday 😀

    1. ashleyjillian says:

      Thank you! LA public transit it pretty awful — I used to take it home from high school (I was too cool for the school bus) and it has this really specific smell of nickels and tuna. Also, lots of sketchy sketchy people.

  3. delightfulness says:

    Hmm…maybe you shouldn’t visit St. Cloud, MN. I would hate to see what would happen if you encountered the ridiculously stupid drivers here coupled with the commute time…(I’m picturing mind control, explosions, rocket launcher…)

    On the other hand…maybe you should visit. 😉

  4. Bob T Panda says:

    Loved your post…I used to live in a “marginal” (read: BAD) area when I was in school. Always amazed I survived. Good luck with your search. Life is too short to have to commute 3 hrs a day. Happy Birthday Eve! May I introduce you to the concept of the Birthday Season? You get one day for each year old you are, except for “significant #’s like 21, 25 and any year ending in zero. Then you get double your birthday season days. This year, only 23 days. Have a ball.

  5. lovelylici1986 says:

    Echinacea and vitamin C should be your friends!

    Good luck with finding a place. Long commutes SUUUUUCK. I leave my house at 6:45am to get to work at 9am. Mostly because I have to get a bus on the absolute opposite direction of where I work in order to get a bus there. -_-

  6. sandylikeabeach says:

    I spent two years commuting 82 miles one way. It was mostly highway driving but still took about 3 hours a day. Then I moved and my commute was 2 miles – much better. Good luck with the apartment hunting and happy birthday!

  7. joem18b says:

    I like this new LA movement where you celebrate your birthday in jammed-up traffic on the freeway where you spend the most time stuck during your normal commute.

    You put a little plastic birthday cake up on top of your car with a blinking light in it and the cars stuck around you honk hello and the drivers hand you little presents through the window.

    But make sure the blinking light isn’t red or you’ll get a ticket. I didn’t know about that part. 😦

  8. lizziecracked says:

    Hope you had a successful apartment hunting …..and Happy Belated Birthday!. I figured I could still squeeze it in since it’s the end of the weekend..ok technically not but work with me. Hope it was a great one. 23 wow! I can’t remember 23 lol. The whole year.
    Peace 🙂

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