Wednesday, November 21, 2007

Riding the Bus

So I rode the bus to work today.

It was not as weird as I thought it was going to be.

There is a route that runs from the Kmart about a mile from our house to downtown where I work - and with gas prices the way the are and me being on my "green" kick - I thought I would try it. Of course, I had all these preconceived notions in my head about how it was going to be. And some were true - but most weren't.

1. The bus ride WAS cold. I swear they still had the AC on.
2. People who ride the bus are NOT all weird - there are some - but 95% are normal or as normal as we get. :)
3. The bus driver was NOT mean when I could not figure out how to get my crumpled dollars bills to feed into the machine - in fact he was very nice.
4. And I WAS able to find my stop once we got downtown - in fact the super nice bus driver announced each new stop ahead of time which is lovely for first timers like me.
5. The bus did NOT smell.
6. The bus was NOT dirty.

In fact it was a very pleasant ride - I just got to sit there and enjoy the sights out the window and listen to the pleasant morning conversations between the bus regulars instead of fighting morning rush hour traffic along in my car.

I am not sure if I am willing to give up my monthly parking pass to the downtown garage quite yet but I think I could ride the bus at least 50% of the time each month - saving at least $67 in gas each month.

Now granted I have not actually rode home from work yet - so that is another experience in the making - and I am not sure how I am going to like the two or three block walk to the bus stop after a snow or ice storm this winter - but we will make those decisions when they come. For now I can at least say that I tried it and that I liked it. :)

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