Only 4 more days until...CARMAGEDDON.
Haven't you heard about this yet? All hell is gonna break loose on Los Angeles traffic this weekend. The powers that be are closing down the 405 freeway for repairs from early evening on Friday, July 15, to Monday morning, July 18. Everyone is totally freaked out about it. Now, you have to understand, I'm not an alarmist. I laughed in the face of Y2K. I just kind of across the board never believe "the hype". But this? This has me peeing my pants. Any of you who have never experienced the evil that is L.A. traffic can't imagine what this kind of traffic jam could possibly be like. County officials are using phrases like "mayhem" and "mother of all traffic jams". They're asking everyone to "just stay home". We'll see if it's really the apocalypse or if it's just a lot of talk. Wish us all luck.
I found this really funny video floating around Facebook. It's chock full of insider L.A. references, and pretty much reflects everyone's fear level...
Our neighborhood has Will and Kate fever! Yes, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge were just visiting Los Angeles and staying in the home of the British Consul General, which is just about a mile from us.
Every time they drove through the 'hood everybody went outside and waved. Kids were following them around on their bikes. Jude's best friend Will's mom Lizzy said they drove past their house TWICE, and swears that Will looked right at her and smiled. SO. JEALOUS.
I have a new dorky obsession. Zoopla. It's a real estate website for the UK. I find myself going there over and over. It's really ridiculous, as I have no plans to ever move to the UK, or any reasons that I ever would. But all these British TV shows I've been watching have me thinking about it, and it's kind of an adventure. Check this one out, a 4 bedroom cottage in Llanhamlach, Brecon, Wales. For 1 million pounds, you can get this house...
...which is built on the banks of the River Usk, and has a working waterwheel. It's built on Roman foundations. How cool is that? The basement has a cobbled floor! One thing I have discovered, however, somebody who knows a thing or two about home staging could make a killing in the UK. I mean, these folks need help in the interior decorating department.
There's this guy that I'm "friends" with on Facebook, who absolutely drives me crazy. He's someone who I knew briefly in college, and of course has turned up on Facebook all these many years later, and honestly, I'm kind of embarrassed to have ever known him. First of all, he's one of those over-posters. He's just a constant stream of opinions. He's really into health and fitness and yoga and nutrition and he just makes me want to gag. And he's always posting new profile pictures of himself in tight shirts. Ugh. And I understand wanting to eat more healthfully, and live a cleaner lifestyle, but he's just so HUMORLESS. On his info page he describes himself thusly - Religious Views: Sacred Sexuality. Political Views: Super-Duper, Lemon-Scented Liberal. Favorite Quotations: "Get out of your head...and into your Body!". Gag. Me.
I know, I know, I'm a bitch. But he just drives me nuts. I should block his posts, but I just can't stop reading. Here are some of my most hated...
"'Twas a perfect day for juggling at the Springs today!"
"For my Ecstatic Dance & Circus tribes only: tomorrow @ 11:30 am exactly at the Sunset Valley farmers market we're gonna do a big Flash Dance Mob--busting out in "spontaneous" dance to "Footloose" and sweeping up as many people as possible into a world with more Danciness in it!"
"So for our "present" on 7-Eleven's birthday they're giving us a "free" cup of chilled High Fructose Corn Satan mixed with chemical dyes and possessing literally zero nutritional value--wow, Amerika is goodest country ever, yes?! Only an idiot would think this frozen Toxic Cocktail was a "present" and actually put it in their body!"
Well, clearly I'm an idiot, because I'm pissed I forgot to go get my free Slurpee today. Nothing says summer like a big ass cup of high fructose corn syrup and dyes!
That's all I've got. Go visit Stacy for more randomness.