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The sad bus

When I went down to the bike garage tonight, I found that Clyde had a flat tire. It was his first since the Massive Run of Bad Tire Luck back in November, so it's not terrible, but I just wasn't up to the repair steps I could dream up at 6:00 p.m. after a brain-draining day at work.

So, for the first time since November, I rode the bus home.

First, there was an 18 minute wait. Then there were the sad, tired people dragging their tired workday asses on board for the dark and trafficky ride home.

Then there were the cellphone conversations. I'd kind of forgotten those.

It took me about an hour to get home from the time I left Clyde and his flat tire in the garage, and the whole time I was standing at the chilly bus stop waiting for the crowded sad bus, I was thinking, I could be across the bridge by now. I could be to Lloyd Center by now. I could be in the daphne-scented neighborhood by now. I could be warm by now. I could be home by now.

Sigh. Well, I got home, and I'm very glad there are buses, but I am definitely walking flat Clyde to the downtown bike shop on my morning break tomorrow and getting him fixed, because he's so much nicer than the sad bus.

This entry is cross-posted from DarkEmeralds on Dreamwidth.

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serenity_valley
Feb. 18th, 2010 07:06 am (UTC)
Awww. Sad bus is sad. :(

The good news is that this gorgeous weather is supposed to stick around for a few days, so you'll have an opportunity to ride your bike home tomorrow night in beautiful pre-spring conditions.
emeraldsedai
Feb. 18th, 2010 05:34 pm (UTC)
I will say this in the plus column for the bus: to catch mine, I have to walk east for two blocks, and stand facing east. This morning, that meant a face full of sunshine that was simply wonderful. I can hardly get over how gorgeous the day is.
lamentables
Feb. 18th, 2010 07:44 am (UTC)
Sounds like that was a good, affirming experience. Though I feel a bit sorry for all the other people who will continute to be sad on the sad bus.
emeraldsedai
Feb. 18th, 2010 05:37 pm (UTC)
Yeah, and I know that abandoning public transit isn't a good overall social plan, even if it were possible.

But I have to say: I used to ride the bus every single day of the world, and never believed that another form of transportation was possible for me, so I bet there were at least four or five folks on the sad bus who could be happy bike-riders if they decided to give it a shot. And then they wouldn't be sad. :D
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