In the Bus Bag
Unaccustomed Earth, by Jhumpa Lahiri
Monthly Archives: May 2008
Despite Metro’s official “no eating” policy, sneaking a couple of bites of something on the bus is fairly common, and, as far as I’m concerned, fairly innocuous. I figure, as long as folks aren’t leaving trash or crumbs, there’s not much harm in a bit of nibbling (on a Black Russian from Three Girls Bakery, for example) en route.
But what’s with the trend of sitting down in the front and devouring a Styrofoam container of teriyaki like you’re at the table? I, for one, am not a fan of listening to strangers slurp down their dinners while I …
Back in August of ’07, I posted a random list of books I’d seen people reading on buses. These days, the librarians are keeping track (thanks for the link, Laurie and David). Here’s a taste of what they spotted:
Chocolate Flava: The Eroticanoir.com Anthology by Zane (Route 15 on 4/28)
The Life and Times of Thunderbolt Kid by Bill Bryson (Route 77 on 4/29)
Watching the English: The Hidden Rules of English Behaviour by Kate Fox (Route 77 on 4/29)
Rainbows End by Vernor Vinge (Route 7 on 4/29)
Brief History of Time by …
This one in San Francisco:
[Christina Wu and Chris Little] got to know each other four years ago waiting for and riding the 31AX-Balboa express bus to their jobs in downtown San Francisco. Today, they will be getting married in a Muni-themed ceremony.
[Wu] and Little used to catch the morning bus at the same Richmond District corner at 25th Avenue and Balboa Street, and after a couple of months of noticing each other, he struck up a conversation before the express arrived.
“Muni wasn’t my Match.com – at least not by design,” said Little, 39, who works in …
Nerd and I have some stuff to take to Goodwill/Re PC–and a few other miscellaneous errands that will be simpler by car.
I’m a very occasional car user, so this will be only the second time I’ve used Zipcar since the merger. I can’t say I’m thrilled about losing a local company, especially given some of the less-than desirable changes we former Flexers have been subjected to. (Increased rates and decreased insurance coverage? Now cut that out!)
On the …
The City of Seattle’s One Less Car Challenge is back! This is an excellent, innovative program that gives people support (and incentives) to try living without a car for a limited amount of time.
There are two levels of participation. Level 1 (a “trial separation”) requires that you live without your car (or, if you’re part of a family, one of your cars) for a month. Level 2 (a “divorce”) requires a year commitment to car-freedom. The incentives are dependent on the level of participation, but some of them include: gift certificates for transit passes, bike gear, and other …