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Just Call Me 'Crash'

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We all know LA freeway commuting is a nightmare. Freeways are nothing more than parking lots, providing a drive-by view of the latest car models from economy, sports to luxury vehicle. Gas, electric or hybrid you get your full.

The common denominator is speed. The slow crawl; doesn't matter if you are in that fancy sports car, capable of zero to sixty in 4.2 seconds.

We are all doing eight miles an hour in some spots, lucky to break 25 mph in other spots.

But, I‘ve learned to deal with my impatience , settling into a calm mode, listening to music, or hands free cell chatter with family or colleagues. The occasional late night call to my East Coast friends is a relief as I lament my commuting fate.

Sometimes that sudden burst of speed breaks the monotony.

Some drivers can't wait to hit the gas, weave in out and out of lanes, hoping to have a feeling of control. A feeling they are moving, getting there fast. But drivers deceive themselves , for there is only one group who can claim victory on the freeway commute. Getting a jump, making moves and seeing their destination in sight.

The motorcyclists.

They bob, weave, lean, signal, use their skills to fight back against the commuting tide.

As they feel consume the concrete yardage, they keep me on the edge of my seat. And I don't know if I can take it anymore.

As I sense gridlock, several friends and colleagues ride their two-wheel machines, making their home commute short and exciting, but I  honestly sense bewilderment.

How can they travel down a lane's broken line, and not expect a broken body one day?

Some motorcyclists  may confront physical danger while tormenting drivers locked in their stationary cars, safely strapped to their seat.

I ask myself: should I abandon safety , buy a helmet,  and let it  rip on the two wheel machine?

Maybe they can call me "CRASH."

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