Weekend Option: The return of the Must…sort of

It’s been a long time coming.  I recall that fateful Sunday morning after The Must was so rudely and surprisingly shut down.  As word started to trickle across downtown, I came to learn that those boards on the windows and locks on the doors were not remodeling efforts by The Must owners.  Instead,the owners of the property conducted a little late night switcheroo.  New agreements were made that did not involve The Must, and so all of the inventory, equipment, and furniture were moved out in the wee hours of the morning after The Must closed down for the night–which is also sad, because Sunday game night was one of my favorite Sunday evening before having to start a new work week activities.  Bring in the lawyers.

After more than a year of questions–when is The Must coming back?  Where are they going to be located?  The Hellman Building?  The Continental?  But there’s never any movement over there.  Are they really rebuilding?  When can I get that mac&cheese again?–it is finally happening. Continue reading

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Flights v. Bikes

As Carmageddon took hold of Southern California and the world waited to see what may come of Los Angeles during the dark days without the 405, there was still a bit of fun and competition in the air.

I saw it posted and re-posted many times on my Facebook account before that fateful weekend:  Jet Blue offers $4 fares from Burbank to Long Beach

A brilliant marketing campaign.  From what I’ve read, seats sold out in mere hours.

I’m sure at one point or another we have all been stuck in an airport facing security lines, flight delays, and unexpected stopovers between our originating point and final destination.  And, I must admit, with the amount of traveling I’ve done over the past three years, my airport habits are lacking.  I am often that person you see running through the airport with shoes and belt in hand after exiting the security line trying to catch the flight before airline personnel shuts the door.  Once that door is shut, you need to be an extra special person to get it open again.

It’s during those moments that I often thought, “I’m going to X city.  That’s really only 30-40 miles away.  I bet I could make it there faster by driving.”

Well, Wolfpack Hustle, a group of L.A. cyclists, took that same thought to a whole new level during Carmageddon.  The gauntlet was thrown: who would win a race between a plane and bicycle going the distance from Burbank to Long Beach?  Jet Blue accepted the challenge.

I followed the race on Twitter.  Apparently, the original challenge inspired others to join.  In the end there were four contenders for the medal:  (1) Plane/Taxi, (2) Bike, (3) Metro, and (4) Rollerblader (though there is some question whether the rollerblader was an actual contestant/entrant).

In the end, cyclists beat out Jet Blue by more than an hour of travel time.  I would like to note that the Metro rider came in second place and only ten minutes behind the cyclist.  I’m not sure whether the rollerblader truly thought it was possible, but if the feat was attempted, then I commend the effort.

Congrats to @wolfpackhustle and all of the people who participated in the challenge.

Wait . . . did I do something illegal?

As everyone knows at this point:  1) Carmageddon wasn’t as carpocalypticy as we thought and 2) the 405 reopened earlier than planned.  Excellent work when I had it on good authority that the person in charge of the project had never finished on time before.  If there was ever a moment to end that streak it was here with a $6,000 per every ten minutes of additional delay price tag potentially looming.  I’ve worked in high pressure situations before, so when that incentive is there you do what you must to finish on time.

My original title "Being Antisocial" has been changed by a friend to "If My Life Were A Chair."

What you may not have known is that multiple metro lines were free to ride this weekend.  This was wonderful news for me.  Carmageddon saved me a few bucks as I used the redline all weekend long.  I found myself asking if we could do Carmageddon again next weekend.

However, it got me to thinking.  The red, purple and orange lines were free, but the goldline was not.  Huh.  Interesting.

Yeah, so my dear City of Los Angeles, what you are telling me is that I should be buying multiple tickets for each ride?  You seriously think that when I’m running to catch my transfer line, say when I go to Pasadena, after I’ve exited the redline at Union Station and find myself scampering towards tracks 1 and 2 for the goldline, you want me to wait there and purchase a second ticket?  That might be the most rider-unfriendly practice I have ever witnessed. Continue reading