My Lack Of Direction

July.1.2008 at 10:57 pm 6 comments

It’s about 25 miles from my apartment to work and it takes about 30 – 40 minutes. I’m usually great at directions and driving .. honestly .. but I ALWAYS get lost the first time going somewhere.

So how did my short commute this morning become an almost 50 mile drive, taking an hour and a half, and going thought parts of L.A. I never knew existed?? 

….. Flash back to this morning …..

I left my apartment at 07:05 a.m., which is a bit later than I normally leave. I checked Sigalert before I left and it gave me an estimate of 19 minutes to work … not bad at all … not bad at all …..

Like I normally do I headed onto the 605 North … passed the 91 interchange … passed the 105 interchange  … coming near the 5 interchange (things started to get backed up a bit as usual) … after a couple of minutes I was free from the evilness known as the 5 … for now.

Usually after the 5 I’m flying down the 605 until I hit the 60 West. Today was different … it was backing up and knew something was up when I saw ambulances drive on the shoulder. Shit!! An accident and because I haven’t driven in traffic for awhile I became impatient.

“Screw this!! I’m going to take a shortcut!!” … Let’s just say we’ll never mention the shortcut again …..

Okay .. so I’m still on the 605 North and went for the first exit that I saw, which was “Rose Hills”. So I exited the freeway, grabbed my iPhone, and plotted a route from my current location to work.

But it told me to go BACK on the freeway. I was like, “Stupid iPhone … you’re no help at all!!”

So I continued my way hoping I would hit Rosemead, because that’s the street that takes me to work. I continue driving and see that the next street is Beverly. “Yes!! I’m not lost”, as I happily turned the corner.

My other co-worker say’s he usually takes Beverly to get on the 605, so I knew I was heading in the right direction.

After a mile or two I see Rosemead … my choices were to turn left or right. For some reason I thought turning right would take me Southbound … which I didn’t want to go because it would take me back to my apartment.

So I made a left thinking I was going Northbound on Rosemead. After about 10 minutes I wanted to see where I was. I take my phone out again and plot my current location … I look at it and see I’m maybe 7 – 8 blocks away from work.

By this time I’m somewhere in Pico Rivera, which I’ve never heard of before. So I’m driving and see these shopping centers and not really paying attention that I’m getting more lost. Ten more minutes pass and by this time I see a sign that says, “Welcome to Downey”.

“Ohhhhhhhhh shiiiiiiiiiiiit!!!!!”, as I finally realize that I’ve basically heading towards Downtown L.A. So I was planning on making a U-Turn when I see a freeway a couple of miles in front of me. As I got closer to it, I see that it’s the evilness known as the 5 freeway.

“Fucking A!!”, as I yelled at myself. I was basically three-fourths of the way to Downtown L.A.

If you ever go on the 5 freeway, you can exit Rosemead, drive Northbound, and be in El Monte in about 40 minutes. At this point I’m STILL thinking I’m going Northbound because I had things on my mind.

I thought to myself, “Okay … just drive Northbound and you’ll be at work in about 40 minutes.” I continue on my path, driving  5 – 6 miles and notice streets like, Firestone and Florence … which are streets near Cerritos .. a city near my apartment.

Finally I park at a nearby plaza to see where I actually was. I notice I’m only 3 blocks away from the 105 freeway.

The SAME exact freeway I passed earlier in the morning! After seeing my mistake, I circle back and planned on going on the 5 South and changing to the 605.

On a side note .. there’s this McDonald’s … but it’s a diner though. I took a picture of it while I was at a red light.

I didn’t take the picture of the diner, but of the enormous sign.

Anyways, I’m coming up on the 5 freeway again and see that the 5 South is on the right lane. I was on the far left and didn’t make it in time to get on.

As I passed under the 5 freeway I started to break down just because I was stressed and started to laugh at myself. Only I would get THIS lost … fucking A.

So I make ANOTHER U-Turn to go on the 5 freeway. I’m already worried how late I’ll be at work, so I see the entrance to the 5 freeway without looking to see if it’s North or South.

I go on and wait because the signals are on. I read the sign which says, “5 North”.

I wasn’t suppose to go North … I was suppose to go South. “Damn fucking freeway!!! Why is this happening to me today .. FUUUCCCKKKKKKK!!!!!!!”, as I  started to break down emotionally. I was joking with myself and asking where my gun was, ha!

Anyways … I drive onto the 5 North and just decide to stay on it because it would be a waste of time to exit and find the entrance to the 5 South.

There was traffic as usual on the 5 North … I continued driving and switched to the 710 North … then changed to the 10 East …

After 1 hour and 40 minutes … I finally arrived at work. What was suppose to be a 35 minute drive became a torturous and adventurous ride through L.A.

I got into work and my co-worker asked what happened .. he laughed as I started telling him my story .. which made me feel better. During lunch I was telling my Crush and was joking that I saw more of L.A. today than my entire life.

He suggested I should just sit through traffic next time and avoid finding “shortcuts”.

I got home late from work .. and surprise surprise .. I was taking a shower when suddenly my shower head didn’t have enough water pressure. I had soap all over my body by this time and only a trickle of water was coming out.

So I stood there splashing and rubbing water on me and doing my best to finish up.

Today was just one of those fucking day’s that I wished I had someone to talk to and just vent. *Shakes head* … this week isn’t the best for me at all … from getting lost today and almost getting into an accident on Sunday.

I was making a left at a signal and there was a car coming at me. The other guy didn’t see that the light turned red, so he was still going 30 – 40 mph.

He was maybe 7 feet from hitting me … I gave him a dirty look as he did the “apology wave”.

Anyways … you can see the difference between my lost route and the route I usually take to work

Lost Route

Correct Route

Yeah … I know I went in a LARGE circle just to get to work … I’m so fucking glad this day is over. I was hoping James would be online or my sister so I could just vent a little. They were probably busy ……….

If he ever found out I got this lost, I know he would make fun of me and wouldn’t let me forget about it, ha!

I can’t believe it’s already July … just one more month before my sister moves out again and pursues her Ph.D. 

It’s going to cost a fucking fortune and worried how my parents, sister, and myself are going to pay for it. She found a loan, but it had 8.00% interest on it!!!

Hopefully tomorrow will be better when I go to the movies … I’m hoping it’ll be fun and less awkward now.

– A


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6 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Cat  |  July.2.2008 at 4:09 am

    Hehe, that’s funny.. At least you got to work at all =b
    I try not to take “shortcuts” or else I’d be all “huh.. wh.. where am I..? huh?!” I guess it helps though that I don’t drive, or even go anywhere I don’t need to go to.

    May the rest of your week be better than the beginning!

  • 2. - A  |  July.2.2008 at 11:30 pm

    Hey Cat! It’s nice to hear from you again.

    Oh I know .. at least I got to work, lol. I think you’re lucky that you don’t have to drive .. there’s less stress to deal with.

    Thanks .. I hope my week get’s better too!

  • 3. Tara  |  July.3.2008 at 6:42 am

    I have such a fear of driving highways, but just when I think I might want to get over that fear, all I have to do is ride with a friend somewhere on a freeway or highway and I change my mind. I’m spoiled, as I’m pretty much less than ten minutes away from work, so I can take the main roads. But whenever I’m looking up directions, they always tell me to take the interstate. I could be going to a place 15 minutes away, but instead they tell me to hop on I 71 North and take Exit Whoozeewhatzits.

  • 4. - A  |  July.4.2008 at 10:04 am

    Haha .. I have a friend who doesn’t like driving on highway’s either. She always takes the side streets whenever going somewhere. In L.A. that’s almost impossible to do … but driving on a highway can get frightening at times though.

  • 5. Awake In Rochester  |  July.4.2008 at 4:59 pm

    I have no sense of direction. I tell people that if I went in my back yard, and turned around 3 times that I wouldn’t be able to find my house. (Apartment)

  • 6. - A  |  July.4.2008 at 10:05 pm

    Haha … my sister is like that too. I guess getting lose is in the family, lol.


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