"Why I hate public transportation" could be the title of this post and maybe it will be. I take public transportation to and from work and do so to do my part to help stop global warming. But damn do they make it hard.
Why is it so hard for someone to follow a damn schedule?
If the schedule says the bus will be here at X, I expect it to be here at X. Not at 10 minutes before or 20 after. And the refusal to get on a schedule and stick to it probably does more to hurt public transportation than anything else.
I think you lose a lot of people like me who are trying not to drive to help the environment. As I waited and waited in the heat today for a bus that was 20 minutes late -- and I had to be out there 10 minutes early in case it was instead early -- I really wondered if it wasn't time to start driving to work and back.
Again, I want to do my part. But I don't like having my whole evening destroyed. I was planning to hit the library tonight. But no time after that. I should probably explain that I worked late. It was after 6:30 when I caught the bus that was supposed to be there at 6:45 and would get me to my change-over spot by 6:55 so I could grab the 7:00 home and be home at 7:10.
Now when it's late, you might think, "Oh, big deal. Your twenty minutes behind." No.
Because it did not get here until after 7:05, we are on non-rush hour time. So every bus does not come every 20 minutes, it comes every 40 minutes. So I'd be catching the 7:40 and getting home around 7:50. Had I gotten home at 7:10, running to the library would be no problem. I can walk it in 8 minutes. So I'd go in, change my shoes and maybe put on something more casual to wear and then go to the library, pick up the books I had requested and maybe check out new arrivals. I would have had that time. But the library closes at 8:00 pm. Getting home at 7:50 does not make that possible. Even if I drive, I really won't be able to make it.
So now the hope is that tomorrow I can go. But if a shot at overtime kicks up, I will grab it. This is a bad economy and I'm juggling like most people. I'm also pretty sure that I'm in the next round of layoffs. I'm not joking on that. So I'll grab any overtime that comes up right now.
Going out with C.I.'s "Iraq snapshot:"