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Driving distance in California

Hi all

I have a friend who moved to California after living all her life in Europe. She got a job in Culver City, but she lives in Orange County. In google maps the distance seems small, but is it feasible? Would you drive it everyday?
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January 9th, 2006
Its feasable, and not unreasonable in CA, though it will easily take an hour to and a hour and a half during rush hour if not longer (depending on where in the OC...from Anaheim thats not bad, from San Juan Capistrano it would be a nightmare). And your other question is irrelevant because you couldn't pay me enough to work or live in LA ;)
Permalink Phil 
January 9th, 2006
I find that 45 minutes is as long a commute as I'm willing to stand. If it begins to get longer than that, I start driving faster and faster to try to make it take less time.

And of course, in heavy traffic you can't do that, so I start looking for other employers.

My current commute is about 20 to 30 minutes, depending on traffic. That's in the Washington D.C. area.

Now, they tell me Washington D.C. is infamous for its traffic. I spent some time in Boston, though, and they're crazier than here. I was commuting from Braintree to downtown Boston, and it never took longer than 15 minutes, no matter how bad the traffic was.

I understand the big delays are when you buy your house to the northwest of Boston, though.
Permalink AllanL5 
January 9th, 2006
From my limited experience of the area, driving from Orange County to Culver City would involve some of the most congested freeways in the greater Los Angeles area. It may not look far in miles, but I think the traffic will often be crawling at walking pace or slower during peak times.
Permalink Ian Boys 
January 9th, 2006
If your friend is new to the area anyway, why not simply move to Culver City? It has some very nice neighborhoods, and the housing market is slightly less insane than other parts of So Cal.
Permalink dave 
January 9th, 2006
LA traffic is the worst. Period. Even worse than Silicon Valley during the "dot com" boom, which is saying something. That section is by far one of the worst places.

Remember that opening scene from Office Space? That pretty much sums it up...
Permalink QADude 
January 9th, 2006
culver city to OC on a daily basis would be a nightmare.
2+ hours each way. bad idea.
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January 9th, 2006
Depends on where in OC, if you are talking north OC it could be doable, South OC it would be a nightmare. You are looking at the 405 all the way and it's not pretty, I would guess 90 - 120 minutes. Screw OC anyway, it's like living at the mall. Culver City is nice and central so just get a place in LA (as long as there are no kids to go to public school of course.)
Permalink Sassy 
January 9th, 2006
Do people really call it the "OC" now? I thought that never happened before the TV series.
Permalink Colm O'Connor 
January 9th, 2006
I don't know, but this place is clear "The OT" and has been for months.
Permalink MarkTAW 
January 9th, 2006
It has always been OC, before the show. Everything is initials. OC, LA, SD (Dago), HB, IB, IE, etc... it comes from the beach-city stickers -

http://www.cafepress.com/ovalstickers/289298

Also prefixing "the" is standard SoCal slang, i.e. "The Chronic" or "The shiz"

Get with it, homeskillet.
Permalink Sassy 
January 9th, 2006
And for reference
- LA - City of Angels
- IE - Inland Empire (San Berdoo / Riverside Cty)
- OC - Orange County
- The 'Bu - Malibu
- LBC - Long Beach
- CPT - Compton, CA
- HB - Huntington Beach
- MB - Mission Beach (San Diego)
- PB - Pacific Beach (San Diego)
- OB - Ocean Beach (San Diego)
- The CLMT - Clairemont, San Diego :-)
- NH - Normal Heights (San Diego)
- ESD - East San Diego

I'm sure some LA peeople could fill in the gaps...
Permalink Sassy 
January 9th, 2006

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