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WEB NOTES - June 17, 2004
They know the best shortcuts, and they share
By Travis F. Smith, Special to The Times

  • When I moved to Los Angeles, one thing I noticed was that people seemed friendly, approachable and open, until you started talking about traffic shortcuts. It’s easier to get strangers at a cafe to discuss their plastic surgeries than which quick route they use to get to the airport at rush hour.

    Nevertheless, one site dares to bare it all: A-1 Courier messenger service devotes a page on its site to the byways its messengers use to zip packages and papers around town. Maps added to this page would be a nice touch, but if you’re that new to Los Angeles, a simpler option would be just to stick to the green freeways on They’re the ones moving faster than 20 mph.

  • Hone your driving skills with this simple Flash game. Sure, you’ll be steering a little rocket ship instead of a car. But the next time you watch someone cut across several lanes toward a freeway exit, you’ll think, “Hey, this is just like that ‘diamond of terror’ level.”

  • Overheard

    “The sad truth is that most evil is done by people who never make up their minds to be good or evil.”

    ...who said it?

    “Almost every American I know does trade large portions of his life for entertainment, hour by weeknight hour, binge by Saturday binge, Facebook check by Facebook check. I’m one of them. In the course of writing this I’ve watched all 13 episodes of House of Cards and who knows how many more West Wing episodes, and I’ve spent any number of blurred hours falling down internet rabbit holes. All instead of reading, or writing, or working, or spending real time with people I love.”

    ...who said it?

    “Live a good life. If there are gods and they are just, then they will not care how devout you have been, but will welcome you based on the virtues you have lived by. If there are gods, but unjust, then you should not want to worship them. If there are no gods, then you will be gone, but will have lived a noble life that will live on in the memories of your loved ones.”

    ...who said it?

    “I play with variables constantly.”

    ...who said it?

    “Only the person who has learned Continual Love coming from a heart of Gratitude/Worship can effectively deal with the problem of loneliness.”

    ...who said it?




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