Jul
12
2011

Carmageddon 2011: Are You Ready?

If you live in Southern California, particularly the Los Angeles area, you may have heard of the seemingly impending doom that is scheduled to land upon the concrete Serengeti known as the 405 freeway. If this long piece of road is part of your weekend commute, then you may want to read on – seriously.

On July 16 and 17, California construction workers will be shutting down a 10-mile stretch of the 405 freeway, from the I-10 to the US 101, to begin demolishing a portion of the 50-year-old Mulholland Drive Bridge in an effort to widen the freeway and add a northbound carpool lane. For the last few weeks, amber alerts have been warning commuters about the upcoming closure like a doomsday proclamation. This may not be an overreaction either, as this 53-hour stoppage is predicted to be one of the worst traffic situations in California’s history, leading many to call it “The Nightmare of 50,000 Feet” or better yet, “Carmageddon.”

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Jul
09
2011

Brand new tires for an old-ass car…

So here I am at Just Tires in Culver City, getting my worn tires replaced… It’s been long overdue, just like everything else that’s screaming to be replaced on my trusty old 2001 Toyota Celica. How about new brakes and a replacement catalytic converter? Well, those cost a bit more, so I’ll save those for later… gotta have to bear with the slightly grinding brakes and the check engine light a little more…

Just Tires Culver City

Just Tires in Culver City, California

I found this Just Tires location after a short google search. Who would’ve known that this place was just 7 minutes down the street from my apartment, huh? Anyway, I came in with an online estimate for four Goodyear Eagle RS-A tires, which cost around $75 each… It was fairly cheap and got good reviews, so with an online discount code I got from Mister Google (“save25” by the way), it gave me an estimate of $404.65 including labor. Not a bad price, especially for a poverty-stricken Filipino boy like me.

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