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They know the best shortcuts, and they share

June 17, 2004|Travis Smith

The site: www.a-1courier.com/lashortcuts.htm

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 trafficinfo.lacity.org/. They're the ones moving faster than 20 mph.

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The site: www.zefrank.com/racinggame/

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."

-- Travis Smith

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