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Best time in JHB

Is it because everybody is doing their last minute xmas shopping? Or are people going later to work, or generally chilling somewhere on SA's coastline?

The weeks before and after xmas are normally the most tolerable in this city. I speak from a drivers perspective here. My drive to work literally takes half the time than usual and I arrive way more relaxed and in good spirits since I did not have to dodge cars squeezing in-front of me, nor speed up to rid those fog lights sticking to my bumper. There is a real sense of calmness on the roads at the moment, making me wish that these few holidays weeks could go on for ever.

What scares me though are the amount of people in shopping centers...did they all walk there?

How the traffic in your city?

Pic: poagao ny-nd 2.0

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  1. Blogger Carlz | Tuesday, December 19, 2006 9:15:00 AM |  

    The roads are very quiet and they are calmer - but also a little eery don't you think. Its awesome to be able to leave 10-15 mins before work and still get in on time!

  2. Blogger Gregor | Tuesday, December 19, 2006 9:19:00 AM |  

    You are right carlz - they do seem a little eery at times, feels like everyone has left. I also seems to be driving much more relaxed and slower since there is no push from the back.

  3. Blogger Gregor | Tuesday, December 19, 2006 9:20:00 AM |  

    Any divers you particularly dislike ritzy?

  4. Blogger Carlz | Tuesday, December 19, 2006 9:24:00 AM |  

    I don't like drivers that rush up behind you and then slam on brakes! I think thats just rude! i like drivers who say thank you when you let them in or just smile at you. Jozi drivers are generally quite uptight tho!

  5. Blogger Gregor | Tuesday, December 19, 2006 9:32:00 AM |  

    I agree, they are in general very uptight! What is most frustrating is how drivers try so damn hard to overtake and swivel through traffic just to get ahead, normally resulting with them waiting at the next red robot anyways. It's an unhealthy dose of impatience which they are plagued with...

  6. Blogger Carlz | Tuesday, December 19, 2006 9:36:00 AM |  

    I wonder how things will be when the hordes return and realise they have to negotiate the Oxford situation - and it could get worse: http://www.iol.co.za/index.php?set_id=1&click_id=13&art_id=vn20061218133712188C423352

  7. Blogger Gregor | Tuesday, December 19, 2006 9:43:00 AM |  

    It's going to be chaos for quite a while (+- =3 years) hehe, and that will give us an excuse to work a few extra hours, just to skip the 5pm scramble! Prefer driving home later, allows one to wind of a little...

  8. Blogger Carlz | Tuesday, December 19, 2006 9:49:00 AM |  

    but you are a sucker for work!

  9. Blogger Gregor | Tuesday, December 19, 2006 9:53:00 AM |  

    :) hehe, that could be it! Traffic problem is just an excuse to stay longer at the office...

  10. Blogger Carlz | Tuesday, December 19, 2006 10:14:00 AM |  

    or have a drink with me :)

  11. Blogger Gregor | Tuesday, December 19, 2006 10:49:00 AM |  

    sounds like a plan!!!!

  12. Blogger Carlz | Tuesday, December 19, 2006 1:33:00 PM |  

    thanks for lunch friend - always a highlight to the day ;) and thanks for the words of advice and inspiration - much appreciated!

  13. Blogger Gregor | Tuesday, December 19, 2006 1:37:00 PM |  

    no no, thank YOU!
    am so stuffed now, can focus on work...argh! Need a digestive...hmmmm :P

  14. Blogger Carlz | Tuesday, December 19, 2006 2:22:00 PM |  

    did someone say jagermeister...i mean digestive!

  15. Blogger Gregor | Tuesday, December 19, 2006 2:25:00 PM |  

    ..i def thought it! But after friday night..hmm..still have Jager streaming through my veins!

  16. Blogger Carlz | Tuesday, December 19, 2006 2:43:00 PM |  

    it must stop! jagerbombs have had their day and soon so will our livers

  17. Blogger JEN | Tuesday, December 19, 2006 6:26:00 PM |  

    traffic, oh the little joys in life... The yellow cabs... brings NYC to life. reasons people are taking to walking lately.

  18. Anonymous Gregor | Tuesday, December 19, 2006 9:31:00 PM |  

    hi jen, walking would be good, only problem: too far and too dangerous! Our 'cabs' also bring JHB to life, sometimes also to death, and they are def not yellow...

  19. Anonymous Alex Maughan | Wednesday, December 20, 2006 7:54:00 AM |  

    Poor Durban et al are having to deal with the load at the mo. There is always a mass exodus out of joburg now and in Easter. The numbers of migrating Joburgers during these times are actually quite staggering. Shame, I feel sorry for our coastlines in particular, but thank god for the rest of us!

  20. Blogger Carlz | Wednesday, December 20, 2006 8:54:00 AM |  

    today it took me less than 10 mins to get to work - what a pleasure!

  21. Blogger Gregor | Wednesday, December 20, 2006 9:05:00 AM |  

    Hey A-Lex: that's the reason I'd rather stay in JHB over this time. THe coastal areas are wayyy to packed !

    Shnitz - top of the morning to ya! I had to stop cause of a red robot today, that was cool! :P

  22. Anonymous Ray H | Wednesday, December 20, 2006 10:29:00 AM |  

    Gregor. Reading this blog for the first time, I realize I should have known you were in residence around the corner. See you 2morrow ...

  23. Blogger JEN | Wednesday, December 20, 2006 6:03:00 PM |  

    ah... the crime rate, that is a downer. No yellow cabs. tsk tsk. hehehe... I guess the next best thing is the subway but you are more likey to get stabbed or worse miss the train. ;)

  24. Blogger Gregor | Wednesday, December 20, 2006 7:51:00 PM |  

    Subway? Hehe, not here!
    They are building a gravy train thou, but completion only 2010...and till then a lot more traffic disturbances...

  25. Blogger JEN | Thursday, December 21, 2006 7:29:00 AM |  

    no subway... this is too much! hehehe...

  26. Blogger Gregor | Thursday, December 21, 2006 9:11:00 AM |  

    cycling is always an option - not a good one at that thou...

  27. Blogger Carlz | Thursday, December 21, 2006 9:41:00 AM |  

    another great day on the roads (except for yesterday's heist) even the malls seem quieter! Groogle - u couldn't cycle if u wanted to seeing as though your bike is still at me :)

  28. Blogger Gregor | Thursday, December 21, 2006 9:47:00 AM |  

    carlz - i demand you release my property instantly. I want to ride to work from now on!!!!! Or else I'll bribe you with Jagers! muahaha