I used to listen to KFI 640 and scoff at the traffic reports, wondering why anyone would put up with all that craziness. These days, I cannot wonder as I am stuck on the 101 South between Santa Barbara and Summerland (where I live) trying not to pull my hair out.

There used to be a rush hour, but it seems like that has become a rush three hour. One could try to outfox it by leaving work by 3 p.m., which I did today. It took me 45 minutes. Even after the three lanes become two in Montecito, we are crawling or at a complete stop. Then, miraculously, at Sheffield Drive, it opens up. Even the 101 North is horrible through most of Santa Barbara.

I have no solution for this issue, but I can’t understand why we have to put up with it day after day. My anger and frustration is trumped only by my shame that I am hoping that there is a car accident with injuries up ahead. At least then there would be a reason. We are not the L.A. freeway system, right?


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