Yesterday, I learned a lesson which I should have taken heed of today.
You see, yesterday, a friend of mine and his wife were speaking at a conference at Pepperdine in Malibu. Via Mapquest, I found that it would take me about 40 minutes to get there from here, but knowing LA freeways, I decided to double that time and add an extra few minutes (for good measure). The freeways were clear all the way and I arrived well over a half-hour early.
The lesson is that if you want to avoid LA traffic, budget it into your travel time and give yourself twice the time you need.
Today, I did not budget adequate time for my travel when headed to a baby shower for the newly adopted son of a friend (and his partner) who had been trying to adopt for several years. Not only did I leave late, but I had to stop on the way to get bagels and lox for the brunch, a gift for the baby and gas for my car.
It was bumper to bumper on one freeway.
It does always seem that whenever I leave early for an engagement in LA that I avoid the traffic, but if I leave with just enough time (or too little) to make it, then it’s bumper-to-bumper all (or part of) the way.
Fate or something else?