On this day, we celebrate the 50th anniversary of President Eisenhower's signing of the Federal-Aid Highway Act of 1956, which led to the creation of the Interstate Highway System. I am inclined to honor my favorite freeway, I-5.

Dear I-5,

Congratulations on the anniversary of your conception. We've known each other for so long, and I'm happy for you. We've seen bad weather and hundreds of accidents, but still you remain a reliable friend.

Sometimes too many people use you at once, usually between the hours of 4-6 p.m., and that pisses me off, but you are always determined to get me from point A to point B. I know you've seen many surgeries to keep you functioning, and I know there's more to come, and I thank you for taking the construction with a smile to help the rest of us.

Your friend,