You Can't Get There From Here
This is the first place I've ever lived where it's occasionally necessary to pick up the phone and say "I'm not coming because I can't get there."
This morning three accidents on the Bay Bridge backed up to--drumroll--Richmond Parkway on I-80.
No problem, I'll just divert down the 580. Oops, there's an upper deck accident on the Richmond-San Rafael Bridge too.
Maybe the 680 for an extremely out of the way solution?
Nope. Five car injury accident working out there.
Last year about this time, on I 80, the entire freeway was shut down for about eight hours for a fatality accident. I had to call work and say "sorry" not today. I could barely even get out of my own neighborhood that day with all the freeway traffic being diverted to the surface streets.
The bay geography often precludes just hopping onto a major sidestreet or another freeway.
It's strange to miss Houston or Los Angeles.
I have to say that Houston's freeways put these to shame.