This morning I woke up at 6:15 am, getting an extra hour of sleep (in anticipation of light traffic). Typically leaving at 6 am would yield a 1 hour drive to work. Leaving at 6:15 am would make the drive 15 minutes longer, and leaving between 6:45 and 8 would give me a commute ~ 1.5 hours.
I left this morning at 7 am and got to work at 8 am. There was significantly less traffic on the freeway (I drive from the San Fernando Valley up north to Ventura). Local traffic around the Camarillo/Oxnard area (where there are lots of fields with illegal labor) was light. The fields were empty. I would say at least 500 workers are in these fields typically... with their beat-up expired registration muddied cars parked along the side of the road... leaving the roadway quite dusty and muddy. The roadway was clear of everything this morning, and the fields were empty. I'm sure the workers will come in this Saturday or Sunday to finish off the work.
My workplace was unaffected... that was to be expected. Our cleaning ladies were there and I heartily thanked them when they passed through my cube.
After work, I left at 4:15. Again, this would give me a 1.5-2 hour drive. I got home at 5:15 and excitedtly told my wife we were going shopping. The roads were clear and there would be significantly less crowds around. We drove to one of the local shopping centers. It was like a ghost town... PERFECT! At Macy's the customers were outnumbered by the employees. We went to California Pizza Kitchen for dinner. There was no wait! They appeared to be understaffed, but it didn't ruin the experience for us. Went to Babies R Us and picked up some stuff for our baby... finally we ended the day at Best Buy, just window shopping. I played XBOX 360 (finally) and won on a hail mary with no time left.
Overall it was a great day. I have no sympathy for businesses that lose money, as they are either 1) In the business of selling to illegals or 2) In the business of hiring illegals. American born workers were able to handle all the work at the stores I mentioned.
I wish tommorrow we could have another day without the Illegal Aliens and their friends... perhaps even a week, month, year or decade. Maybe some places would go out of business due to shrinking customer base, and maybe some goods would cost a little bit more money . That money would get recycled through the economy anyways (kind've like the middle class tax breaks). All in all, today was one of the better days I've had here in Southern California.