The night I met my boyfriend, we exchanged phone numbers in the parking lot across the street from Bar Sinister. And when he gave me his, my reaction was, “626! Do you live in Pasadena or something?”
He laughed. I was serious. I’m a Westside girl. I only ever considered 310, 323 and 213 to be acceptable area codes (exceptions made for people who live in those areas, but have kept their out of town cell phones as a shout out to their hometowns). 818 was borderline, 909 is right out, and 626 was dubious, at best.
Fortunately for me, I got past my area code prejudice, because the relationship is worth driving to Pasadena for. And now the boyfriend and I take turns visiting each other’s part of town when we see each other. But that leads to a whole new creative problem, which is how to get from Pasadena to my office in Beverly Hills. Especially when I have to be at my desk by 8:15AM. I’ve tried a few routes: via downtown (110 to downtown to Olympic) and via the Valley (the 134 to the 101 to Coldwater Canyon, which I am never, ever doing again because it took almost two hours with the Coldwater clusterf&%k), but my standby now is to take the 134 to Forest Lawn, cut down around Griffith Park and the Burbank border into Hollywood, and continue down Highland to Olympic to my office. That’s the most scenic route, with the mountains along the 134 and the park along Forest Lawn, and it’s also, at exactly one hour, the fastest I’ve found.
So now, my question for you, dear Angelinos, is this: does anyone have a good traffic hack or creative route that would get me to Beverly Hills from Pasadena in less than twenty-five miles and sixty minutes? Or a workaround for going the opposite route at six in the evening? Or should I start biting it and getting up at 5am to take the 110 to the 10 before traffic clogs the former in Highland Park?