I’m preparing for Carmageddon in the best possible way: I’m buying vodka.
In case you live under a rock and have therefore not heard about it, the world as we in L.A. know it is ending on Friday, at least for the weekend, when the 405 will be closed for construction between the 10 and the 101. (If you don’t know what those numbers signify, go back under the rock.)
In L.A., everyone’s suffering from gridlock panic, which is similar to rain panic but more intense. Visions of thousands of diverted vehicles piling up on side streets, bringing the city to a standstill and to its knees, have made Carmageddon the hottest topic of conversation since Wiener. Everyone is chatting and tweeting, and they’re making elaborate plans to stay home on 7/15/11.
Facing a weekend of driving withdrawal, we’re renewing our NetFlix accounts, upgrading from Hulu to Hulu Plus, downloading books to Kindles, inflating our bike tires and notifying next of kin that things will look ugly in the news but we will most likely survive. Also, we are stocking up on charcoal, toilet paper, dog food, Ambien and, of course, booze. Because in L.A., a freeway closure is an invitation to party.
Of course, since nobody can get anywhere, the partying will be a solitary experience. But it doesn’t have to be! If you’re in L.A. this weekend, or if you are a long-distance sympathizer, come on over to The Crabby Cook Facebook page and commiserate. Let us know what your Carmageddon Cocktail of choice is. I think I’m going to try a raspberry martini:
4 raspberries, plus extra for garnish
2 ounces vodka
½ ounce Chambord
½ ounce Triple Sec
1 tablespoon fesh squeezed lime juice
Place the raspberries in a martini shaker and muddle (crush) them. Add the vodka, Chambord, Triple Sec and lime juice and a handful of ice. Shake vigorously for about a minute and strain the martini into a chilled martini glass. Pierce two raspberries with a toothpick and add to your drink for garnish, or just let them float in it.