Tuesday, December 30, 2008

HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO THE FREEWAY


Well, today is an unusual birthday --that of the Southern California Freeway. The first of then actually opened on this day way back in 1940. It was not called a "freeway" at that point. It was called "The Arroyo-Seco Parkway. Two years later it was re-named "The Pasadena Freeway." Now if you have ever driven the Pasadena Freeway, you know exactly how curvy the damned thing is. I remember as a kid going to my aunt's house in Westwood, my dad would drive it-- and hate it because of all the traffic on it. Before Dodger Stadium opened my dad would travel right through the Chavez Ravine area on a highway that was called "The Brick Road". We kids loved it because it was bumpy and curvy in more ways than that freeway ever dreamed of being. Up and down, curving, sudden drops-- what a great memory. I wonder just how many of you know the names of ALL the current freeways in Southern California. I was amazed at discovering them. They are:

#1: Interstate 5 southbound to Tijuana in Baja California, Mexico, northbound to the Central Valley
#2 John J. Montgomery Freeway from U.S.-Mexico border crossing at San Ysidro, California to Downtown San Diego
#3 San Diego Freeway from Downtown San Diego to the El Toro Y
#4 Santa Ana Freeway from the El Toro to the East L.A. Interchange
#5 Golden State Freeway from the East L.A. Interchange to Wheeler Ridge, California -- Where the heck is that?
#6 Interstate 8 west terminus in Ocean Beach in San Diego, eastbound to the Arizona State Line
#7 Ocean Beach Freeway from Ocean Beach in San Diego to Old Town San Diego
#8 Mission Valley Freeway, also known as the Alvarado Freeway from Old Town San Diego to El Cajon, California
#9 Kumeyaay Freeway from El Cajon, California to the Arizona State Line
#10 Interstate 10 west terminus at Santa Monica, California, eastbound to the Arizona State Line
#11 Santa Monica Freeway from Santa Monica, California to the East L.A. Interchange
#12 San Bernardino Freeway from the East L.A. Interchange to San Bernardino, California
#13 Interstate 15 south terminus in Barrio Logan in San Diego, northbound to the Nevada State Line
#14 Wabash Freeway (signed as State Route 15) from Barrio Logan in San Diego to Interstate 805
#15 Escondido Freeway from Interstate 805 to the San Diego County Line
#16 Temecula Valley Freeway from the San Diego County Line to Lake Elsinore
#17 Corona Freeway from Lake Elsinore to Corona
#18 Ontario Freeway from Corona to Devore
#19 Mojave Freeway from Devore to the Nevada State Line
#20 Barstow Freeway from Devore to the Nevada State Line
#21 Interstate 40 west terminus in Barstow, California, #22 eastbound to the Arizona State Line
#22 Needles Freeway
#23 U.S. Route 101 south terminus at the East L.A. Interchange, westbound to Santa Barbara, California then northbound to the Central Coast of California
#24 Santa Ana Freeway from the East L.A. Interchange to the Four Level Interchange
#25 Hollywood Freeway from the Four Level Interchange to the junction with the Ventura Freeway
#26 Ventura Freeway from the junction with the Hollywood Freeway to Seacliff, California
#27 State Route 14 south terminus at Tunnel Station, northbound to Bishop, California
#28 Antelope Valley Freeway from Tunnel Station to Mojave, California Wow-- 28 freeways-- I never ever knew that. Also on this day the Vatican and Israel recognized each other's existence in 1993-- too bad The Palestinians can't do the same. And on this date is Sandy Koufax's birthday. This amazing athlete turns 73 today! Yesterday was great news-- I received a nice royalty check for some assorted Christmas music that had been playing at Rockefeller Center-- last year-- it takes them a year to catch up on accounting. Amazing!

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