In the Bus Bag
Unaccustomed Earth, by Jhumpa Lahiri
Monthly Archives: December 2006
After Friday’s storm, I’ve had enough excitement for the season. For those still looking for a thrill: I provided some suggestions for getting to the higher elevations without a car in this week’s Real Change column. (Thanks to Laura from Bellevue for the tips.) Winter sports aren’t really my “thing” (plus, I have word count limits), so please let me know if I missed any good options.
A Bus to the Pass
I have to admit it: I’m not much of a winter sports fan. My first clue that snow-related activities weren’t for me …
I saw this ad on the 545 during last night’s insane ride home:
In case you don’t have superhuman vision, here’s what it says:
Your fantastic new job gives you such joy you start walking to work every day and before you can say tiddlywinks you’ve started a car-free revolution and the toxin levels in Puget Sound plummet and the orcas are taken off the endangered species list because the salmon make a miraculous comeback and with the abundance of lean protein our offensive line bulks up 23 …
1) If you’re leaving work in the middle of a rainstorm, and the wind is blowing the rain right under your umbrella (assuming you can even keep your umbrella open), and you have a 10-minute walk to the bus stop, and you’ve already ruined one cell phone by walking to and from bus stops in the rain, you can protect your current cell phone (et cetera) by putting your bag on under your waterproof jacket.
(Note: To some bus riders, the above discovery might appear elementary. To this one, it was revolutionary.)
2) If you’re riding on an …
I can take any one of three buses home from downtown–in order of preference, the 27, the 4, or the 14. The 27 is hands down my favorite of the three because it’s fast and takes me directly to my house. If the 27 isn’t coming anytime soon, I fall back on the 4, which, though significantly slower and less pleasant than the 27, also takes me directly to my house. The 14 is slow and requires a walk, so I take it only when neither of the other two buses is coming soon.
Tonight, I found myself at …
Either a bus veered way off course, or some sad souls have too much time on their hands.
So much for the cool, new signal light at this freeway station.
Speaking of cool…
Relief for bus riders who want to know where the heck their bus is already:
I have a pretty cool work schedule: On Mondays, I don’t have to go to my office, and I get to spend the entire day working on personal writing projects. Today’s agenda: A morning coffee in Belltown with a new friend (hey, Cherie!), a few miscellaneous errands in NoDo (my new name for Belltown/SLU/Lower Queen Anne), and then an afternoon of writing at home.
I woke up this morning with a sore throat and a stuffy nose but decided to brave the rain anyway. Would that I had just stayed home!
I was early for the coffee and so …
Yet, as expensive as new and expanded transit may be, the ultimate question isn’t money (indeed the federal government’s “New Starts” fund is swamped with 200 applications and shrinking dollars). Rather, it’s whether we have the will to reshape urban America in more compact, livable, energy-conscious ways. That means organizing regionally on multiple fronts …
On Cars Are Evil: A thoughtful analysis of L.A.-style sprawl:
If we are to believe that Southern California’s great triumph is giving …
Another library celebration/historic bus tour combo:
Saturday, December 9th
Where: Begins at 2nd & Main
When: 7:00 PM
Cost: $4-$5, depending on your age
Sunday, December 10th
Floating Bridge Press celebrates Metro’s Poetry on the Buses program with readings from (and a reception for) their newly released anthology: Poetry on the Buses: An Anthology of Poetry on Wheels 1995-2005. Bus Nerd totally should have submitted …
Sharron Shinbo, project manager for Metro’s bus wrap program, sent me this in response to my question about “clear-window” bus wraps:
All of Metro’s 25 wrapped buses have the same type of perforated vinyl on the windows. The 3M products specified for use in King County are the current transit industry standard used throughout the United States, Canada, and other countries worldwide. On the Breda trolleys the window tint is lighter than on the other types of coaches so even with the black IPOD ad on the outside of the bus one can very easily see outside and …