Last night, a friend and I headed up to an L.A. suburb to play some games. According to Yahoo! Maps, it should take 31 minutes without any traffic. So I figured that with the traffic multiplier (x2) it should take us 62 minutes or so.
Well, factor in Friday night traffic (x2), going through the only freeway access to head up to northern Cali for the weekend (+50%), plus a brush fire along the side of the road (40 min according to freeway sign), and you get slightly over 2 hours! Let's see... 31 x 2 = 62 plus 50% (31) = 93 + 40 = 133 minutes. Sounds about right! And that was with having an alternative route of a sort for the last 10-15 minutes. If we didn't have that and had to stay of the jammed up 5, it could've EASILY been another 30-45 minutes! Yikes! Only in L.A., right?