To me nothing screams "Rat Race" more than congested traffic, and those who choose to endure it every day. The picture above is from 1941, and shows the traffic on the weekend of people trying to get out of the city to relax. Luckily, I have no traffic to deal with where I live. I drive 20 miles to work, but maybe encounter 5 cars on the drive. In a former job, I worked in a highly secure facility and you would have to wait in a line a mile long as each car had to be checked as it went through a security gate. Now that was the rat race.