ORIGINAL POST, JULY 15, 2:13 P.M.: And we in Orange County thought we wouldn't be bothered by the likes of Carmageddon, aside from maybe a few more LAites coming into town to use our beaches a bit earlier than the weekend. We have our own version of the traffic epidemic and it's taking place on the 55 Freeway as you read this. It's increasing in size by the minute. Tempers are flaring and car horns are ringing. It's FAIRMAGEDDON!
The OC Fair is supposed to be about making memories, testing the tolerance of your gag reflex and playing games that rarely pay out (remember, at the Fair, the House always wins!). It's not supposed to be about second-guessing your decision to overlook that 75,000 mile tune-up and having the hunk of junk overheat in mid-day Fair traffic
Oh, relax, it's probably nothing a few beers and a deep fried Twinkie can't handle.
If you were thinking going to the Orange County Fair on opening day was a good idea, because it was a weekday and the crowds may be a bit lighter, well, you were wrong. Unless you know some secret side-street equation for bypassing the freeway that would reward you with a parking space within a half-mile of the fairgrounds, you may just want to stay home and find a live feed somewhere on the internet. (One must exist.)
Our editor liked Farmegeddon (rhymes with Carmageddon, get it?) for the title of this outpouring of cars, but he was over-ruled in a straw pole of one.