Sunday, December 11, 2005

Our Insane Way Of Getting Around

I drove from my apartment in Washington, DC to Alexandria, VA today. It was a trip that totaled a whopping 8.7 miles, according to Google Maps.

Travel time? In the District of Columbia and Northern Virginia, on a Sunday afternoon -- 45 minutes.

What's even more insane than a 9-mile car ride taking three quarters of an hour on a weekend is that there was very little traffic far ahead of me and relatively little far behind. Somehow, I timed my trip such that I was wedged in a Truman Show-esque cluster of traffic that seemed designed for the sole purpose of preventing me from ever leaving the city.

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