If you haven't heard by now that a stretch of the 405 Freeway is closing this weekend, you must be living under a rock -- and I include those of you who don't live in SoCal, because I've seen coverage of this on the national news programs.
If you live here, you know the horror of closing the stretch of the heavily traveled 405 between the 101 and the 10, effectively cutting off the northern stretch of the city from the South. This freeway is almost always crowded when there's no construction. My mind boggles at the thought of how the rest of the roads will look as people try to find alternate routes to get to where they want to go.
This weekend is a good one to just stay home. Unfortunately, I am traveling on assignment tomorrow, returning Saturday. Thankfully, I was able to find a flight that would take me to Seattle from Burbank (because I won't be able to get to LAX). I'm hoping that we are sufficiently northeast of the closure to get caught up in any gridlock.
Of course, no good crisis goes to waste in California, and several companies have seized upon Carmageddon as a marketing opportunity. Kudos to JetBlue Airlines, which is offering stranded Angelenos special flights from Burbank Airport to Long Beach -- for $4 each way (for one dollar more, you can upgrade to a seat with better legroom). Actually, you could have upgraded -- all of these flights sold out 20 minutes after they were announced!