So yeah. A lot of people are talking about taking the bus right now. Even the local news (of course I couldn’t find the link). Which – dude- how suburban has Cleveland become that a bus ride is the lead story on the news? I mean really now. It’s just not that big of a thing. But I guess some people have never been on a bus, huh. Crazy that. I can’t even imagine – so many of my life experiences just wouldn’t have happened if I was afraid of public transportation. Like living in Copenhagen or traveling through Europe or living in San Francisco. One of the reasons we bought the house we did was that I could take the bus to work….
Anyways! Since I’ve been hearing so much about it how about some pictures of my commute. These were taken with my cell phone from the Shoreway:
I actually tried to write this post a few times but just wound up sounding bitter. Over the years I’ve gotten a lot of crap for my choice. Hell even just that – people assume I take the bus because we couldn’t afford any other option. So not true. We have two cars, parking is cheap, and gas used to be cheap. But I’d much rather take the RTA. It’s not dirty or smelly or awful. I never have to wait more than 15 min for my bus to come (and that’s only if I juuust miss the previous bus. Usually I wait less than a min. Once you have the timing down it’s just not a problem anymore.) I never have to worry about strangers accosting me. I’ve never, ever, ever felt even a little unsafe. In fact the worst thing that has ever happened to me on a Cleveland bus was when I dropped a double pointed needle and couldn’t find it anywhere. Tragic, I know.
So right now – with gas prices where they are and the same people who used to look down on me now asking me how I do it – I kindof want to do a little “I told you so!” dance. But that would be wrong. So instead I’ll leave you with this advice that I keep repeating to all of these people:
Ride the bus. It’s just not that big of a deal.
(and you can knit during your commute!)