I would consider myself a very patient person with most things. I don't loose it to often, but once in a while something will get to me. In this case, it's The Valley. I'm not sure exactly what cities are included in The Valley, but it's something like Chatsworth, Northridge, and Woodland Hills etc. I'm sure there are a few others in there that I forgot.
Anyhow, driving in The Valley makes me want to rip my hair out. Seriously. It makes me want to drink hard liquor. My parents drive to and from there everyday, and have done so for as long as I've been around. Bless their hearts, I don't know how they do it and keep their sanity.
For those not from around here, the Valley is this long long long stretch of streets with 1000 street lights, and possibly the worst drivers on the planet.
The freeway is on one end, and if you need to get to the other (like I do to get to the Dr. every week) you need to drive all the way down. Maybe my all freeway commute to work has spoiled me. I'm used to hopping on the freeway, driving 80 ish the whole way and then getting to where I want to go. Not hopping on the freeway, then hopping off the freeway, and spending 30 min stuck behind some crap car that is going 20 miles under the speed limit practically clunking parts as it goes.
This is complimented by then trying to park at Kaiser. Anyone who has been to the Kaiser Woodland Hills facility can agree that it is enormous, and parking there can be a bit crazy.
First, you have many elderly people trying to drive. So already it's mayhem (no offense to you elderly people out there...). Then, you have others who are apparently confused by the size of their vehicles. I'd have to say that an F250 is not considered compact. By any stretch. Yet somehow they try to squeeze their vehicles into parking spaces that are better equipped to fit a 10 speed bike than a car. And by doing so take up 3 spaces instead of just one. I ended up just giving up and parking at the very top. I mean it has a nice view, and I could use some exercise right?
After all that, finally I arrived at the Dr! What an adventure. I do have to say that I really like the Dr I'm seeing now. I'm not sure how long I'll be able to see her because she is a specialist for high risk pregnancies, and I hope not to be considered high risk for too much longer.
At least I'm free from The Valley for now. Next week I get to try to conquer the Panorama City Kaiser, which I hear is even bigger than the Woodland Hills one. Wish me luck!
Waiting for James to arrive!
2 years ago