Santa Clarita, California
This is our house in Santa Clarita, California. We lived there when I worked for Electronic Arts as a computer game programmer. I worked on the network code for Command and Conquer Generals: Zero Hour and Lord of the Rings: Battle for Middle Earth. For years, I swore I would never live in LA but after actually living there for awhile, we decided it wasn't so bad. It was the job that I really hated. Everything else was at least tolerable.
For most people, traffic can be the worst part of LA. The commute from my home in Santa Clarita to my job at EA in Playa Vista was a monumental 37.5 files each way. It easily takes two hours to make that trip in a car during rush hour, even worse on really bad days. Instead, I rode my motorcycle. Between the car pool lane and lane splitting, it consistently took me 30-40 minutes regardless of traffic conditions. My little Suzuki SV650 was the perfect motorcycle for LA traffic.
Here's a riddle for you. Every day I would take exactly the same route to and from work. Every other day I'd fill up the tank with gas. At the gas station I'd add approximately three gallons for about $6 (Don't you wish gas was still that cheap). Then I'd reset the trip odometer after noting that I had traveled almost exactly 152 miles since the previous fill up.
This was very consistent, 152 miles and 3 gallons every other day. Then one day I noticed that it was only 150 miles. Nothing else changed, my route was exactly the same, the amount of gas was the same but the mileage was now consistently 2 miles less. How did work get two miles closer to home?
I replaced the front tire. The old tire had worn thin so it had less rubber and hence a slightly smaller diameter than the new tire. Since the odometer measures distance by counting how many times the front tire spins around, a larger front tire meant it took fewer spins to get me to and from work. You can do the math yourself. The new trip was 2 miles shorter out of 150 miles so 2/150 shows that the new tire was 1.33% larger than the old tire. With a 25 inch tire, that's about 1/6 inch of tread wear. Seems about right.