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A lonesome L.A. cowgirl got stuck in the most horrendous traffic this side of Thanksgiving at LAX, and missed a Halloween party last night. Costumed, eyeliner freckles and all, the cowgirl sat in a parking lot that stretched from before the Sunset Strip all the way to Thai Town—traffic that had even the 5-0 leaning out of their windows, sirens blaring, and begging drivers for a little help.

That cowgirl was me.

Yes, I got to see the costumed masses walking down the streets of L.A., and that was entertaining for about five minutes. But by the 86th Little Bo Peep, as I was forced past the entrance to the 101 at Sunset and again at Hollywood by impenetrable lanes of cars, I had lost interest in people’s poufy chiffon skirts and I was ready to take of my boots and cry (or beat somebody with them).

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So, it’s too late for this cowgirl to make it to any Halloween parties. But looking forward, surely there are at least some ways around traffic that induces murderous rage/emotional breakdowns.

What are your best shortcuts in this fine city? East to West? North to South? Freeway workarounds? Please remind us that streets other than Sunset and Santa Monica exist…

Photo by sbisson via flickr