Carmageddon Will Make Your Local Newscaster Play With Tonka Trucks On Air

I've been having a LOT of fun with all the hype around Carmageddon, the 10-mile-long shutdown of the 405 Freeway that starts tonight. Carmageddon is such a big deal that there are 5,490,000 results from a Google search for the word. A friend from the U.K. even messaged me to ask, "Are you going to be OK this weekend?"

I think I'll be just fine. In 1998, my first year in Los Angeles, I learned to avoid the 405 after it took me two hours to drive from Long Beach to Sherman Oaks on a Saturday. It's not that hard for me to avoid it--I mostly stick to my neighborhood and, besides, I try to do as little driving as possible on the weekend.

But a fringe benefit of Carmageddon has been the pure comedy our local newscasters have provided because of it. During the 11 p.m. news on Wednesday night, for example, one of our local ABC news reporters explained exactly what Carmageddon is to us clueless viewers. He broke it down like we're 5-year-olds by busting out a Tonka truck, some Matchbox cars and a leaf blower! Gotta love it:


nick said…
A rather misplaced attempt to make the bridge removal sound exciting and dramatic rather than a tedious inconvenience for drivers. Sorry, guys, your trip to the toyshop was wasted.
Liz Dwyer said…
I wondered if the reporter filmed it in his backyard and borrowed his kid's toys. It certainly had that look!
nick said…
Ha, the journos got egg on their face again. Carmageddon never happened, the road was miraculously free of traffic and traffic jams! Another over-the-top non-story.
Liz Dwyer said…
Yes, it seems that we avoided Carmageddon because people were so terrified of how terrible traffic could've been. Traffic was so light it was like everybody escaped to Vegas for the weekend. Awe-some!

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