Day 262: Summary of World Carfree Day

22 09 2010

As I mentioned in Monday’s post, today was World Carfree Day. I didn’t plan far enough in advance to do my first bike commute, so I rode the bus. Here’s a list of random things I learned today (in no particular order):

  1. Not dealing with slow-pokes, speeders, tailgaters and otherwise crappy drivers during rush hour is really nice.
  2. People are very friendly and helpful when asking them to confirm I’m at the correct stop. I enjoyed chatting with a nice woman this morning while waiting for my connection.
  3. Pacing and continuing to look down the street does not make the bus come any faster. Even when it’s late.
  4. “The bus was late” is a legitimate excuse. “The dog ate my homework,” however, is not.
  5. Always take a book or other reading material.
  6. Transfers can be somewhat confusing when there are stops on both sides of the street. (Maybe I’m just an idiot.)
  7. iPhone batteries don’t last long enough. Actually I learned that a long time ago before today. (see #5 above)
  8. Buses need better air conditioning.
  9. Bus drivers don’t get paid enough.
  10. YouTube videos that have overstayed their welcome just won’t die. I overheard a conversation between a couple passengers and the driver this morning about their favorite videos. “Charlie Bit Me!“, “David at the Dentist” (I find that one annoying) and “Dancing Brazilian Baby” were the most talked-about today.
  11. What is supposed to be a 20-minute wait between transfers seems much longer when it’s 93 degrees. Or when the bus is late. (see numbers 3, 4 and 5 above).
  12. You really realize how many cars are on the roads at any given moment when you’re sitting at a bus stop for 45 minutes.
  13. Driving home from work normally takes me 25 minutes. Today’s bus ride(s) took me 2 hours (including wait times).
  14. Drinking two large glasses of iced tea before a 90 minute bus ride is bad idea.
  15. Next time, I’m riding my bike to work.

Today’s food journal:

Breakfast:
— Power Bar = 3 points
— Fat free strawberry banana yogurt = 1 point
— Banana = 1.5 points

Lunch:
— Jimmy John’s Slim Turkey sandwich = 8 points
— Iced tea = 0 points

Snack:
— Small apple = 1.5 points

Dinner:
— Soft pretzel = 10 points
— Iced tea = 0 points

Life’s a journey. Enjoy the ride!

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