Another funny phenomenon: impatient drivers who constantly switch lanes, hoping to get in the fast lane. This mostly happens on streets with two lanes(like Melrose, Sunset or Fairfax let’s say), here in Los Angeles, but I am sure it’s not an exclusively Angeleno idea. It can happen anywhere.
These drivers never seem to get where they are going any faster. They don’t understand that lane speeds vary so greatly, so you might as well stay in the one you are in, even if it seems slower at the time – it will probably speed up in the next minute or so. I find myself passing them more often than I do the other drivers who just chill and don’t try to weave.
They are pretty funny to watch, especially when you pull up alongside these guys(a large percentage of them tend to drive superficially souped up imports(sorry, loud muffler does not add horsepower…)) at the next light. But then again it’s not so funny when you begin to suspect that this gratuitous lane-shifting may be a major contributor to traffic.
I guess it’s the principle of anti-Slack in action.
On Saturday afternoon I decided to take a quick drive through the industrial City of Vernon(their motto is, in fact, “Exclusively Industrial”), California to check out some of the facilities. The place is excusively industrial. Nobody lives in Vernon and everything there is measured in tons and made of steel.
Key point: the Farmer John’s murals created in 1957, by Les Grimes and entitled “Hog Heaven”. These are worth a looksee. Park in the adjacent McDonald’s and then walk on over to the Farmer John’s processing plant to check them out. Lots going on there involving pigs and those who love them.
Right where Santa Monica Blvd meets Sunset(next to the Jiffy Lube), there is a building on the right hand side that is painted with the words: “Silverlake’s Own World Famous Five Dollar Guy”. Not a bad mural, in and of itself, but I am not entirely sure what it all means, and I was hoping that someone out there could venture an idea or opinion so that we can all get to the bottom of this – together.
Besides being aware of the mural’s existence, I saw who was painting it: a gentleman wearing cutoff shorts and a pink bandana – no shirt, didn’t see what kind of shoes. We had seen this guy maybe a week or two prior, at the same location(before the mural actually existed) holding a sign saying: “$20.00″. He was standing next to a white dresser, so I initially I assumed he was trying to sell it to make rent or something. But maybe I am just being naive. Perhaps it was just coincidence that the dresser was there.
In any case, that sign seems incongruous with the “Five Dollar Guy” proclamation, but what do I know really? It’s just an interesting situation that I was hoping to shed some light on and at least document what I know.