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Reading an article on the Seattle times, I saw a little ad in the background for, "SLOG: the longest three hour drive in American history." (It linked to this site, where you can see the movie, and not the Slog that is The Stranger's blog ... we'll see if lawsuits follow.) What's funny, especially if you live in Seattle, is that I thought the whole while the ad was playing (before I turned on the sound) that it was an ad for a typical Seattle/Redmond commute - should take 20 minutes, in actuality can be much longer - or maybe for Seattle to Tacoma (40 minutes/frequently 90). Nope, in fact, it's for the supposed three hour drive between Seattle and Portland, which Horizon is recommending you handle by flying between the two cities (forgetting the two hour advance check in and of course the joy of getting two and from the airport, eh?).

I find depicting this drive as taking three hours EXTREMELY humorous, as this can only be done if you avoid 1) morning rush hour 2) afternoon rush hour 3) construction 4) weekend traffic. Seriously, I thought it was all about NORMAL commuting, not roadtripping. And, I wonder, why the heck isn't Amtrak using this kind of ad to promote taking the train? Not that that doesn't just as often as not mean you're going to be stuck on a bus, er, I mean, "replacement rail service," and dropped in the traffic with every other poor shmoe ... but at least you leave from the middle of downtown and arrive in the middle of downtown, in two cities with really good public transportation systems, natch ...



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Feb. 13th, 2008 07:14 pm (UTC)
Yeah, really. Seattle to Portland in less than five borders on the miraculous.
Feb. 13th, 2008 09:43 pm (UTC)
HAH! I used to make Portland Seattle in less than 3 hours. The most memorable being to go see Jean Luc van de Meyer with ?Cell at The Catwalk. Picked up everyone from work in Pd. and made it for door time. My secret? Honda Civic ('85 last of the all steel models) with a CRX test engine, 6 instead of 4, Orbital on the cd, and the ability & driving confidence to stream behind trucks. Average speed 94mph. Frequency of trip, one per month. 0 tickets, 0 accidents. ( though one near miss when we were coming back from a concert at 5am and we all fell asleep, including me on the wheel, poor judgement and Tones on tail "the Rain" being the culprit)
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