(Closed) Today I Became The Odd Lady On the Bus

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Post # 3
395 posts
Helper bee

Public transpo scares me. You did better than I would have done, I’m quite sure!

Post # 4
4582 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

@Goodatlove:  This. I’m too wimpy to take the local commuter rail by myself (even though it would be really convenient when I need to meet Darling Husband at his work, 30 mins away)

OP, you should be proud of yourself. ๐Ÿ™‚ Your situation sounds mildly awkward but worse things have happened.

Post # 5
5984 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: June 2010

@Olive12: Ha! This is hilarious! How do you like public t an sit? How long does ur commute take? 

Post # 6
1109 posts
Bumble bee

@Olive12:  Aw its okay! I did find this humorous though!! hopefully you’ll never see her again though lol

Post # 7
8483 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: April 2014

I’m also too terrified on public transportation to take it. I’ve been on a bus (non school bus) once in my life and never plan to ever again.

Post # 8
1109 posts
Bumble bee

@allyfally:  I had to take the metro in NYC once. Never been there nor taken any public tranist before. I can say I will never never never do that again. I love my car so much now.

Post # 9
133 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

Bahaha. This made me smile ๐Ÿ™‚ I’ve been commuting by bus in Seattle for 3.5 years and I totally remember my first day as well as my first “successful” day, and they weren’t the same day ๐Ÿ™‚  I actually did the same thing just last week, sat next to a woman when there were tons of empty seats available. She gave me quite the side eye and I moved away. Ooo, public transit, every day is an adventure!

If Houston is anything like Seattle, you’ll see that you’re FAR from the odd person on the bus. Lots of characters. 

Post # 10
7560 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: January 2013

@Olive12:  Haha you didn’t want to move away? 

Post # 11
4656 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

You guys crack me up.

I hate cars. I tried to drive a car once. Ugh. Keep me away from those deathtraps. (Deathtraps when I’m behind the wheel, anyway.)

Commuter rail is my bff. Subways and buses are greener, more efficient modes of getting from point A to point B and honestly I think those and maybe occasional cabs should replace personal cars entirely within urban zones. A place like NYC, one or both of those things will get you within steps of almost anywhere in a way that’s cheaper and healthier, and you get to read! Imagine if there weren’t all the stupid congestion of individual cars, how much more quick and efficient buses and trams could be.

I did some calculations when living there and found an unlimited monthly metro pass (applies to subways and buses) to be less expensive than a car by a loooooong shot. 

And I love aboveground trains so much that if I’m going to a vacation destination by train, I feel like vacation has started already once we’re moving.

I can’t imagine having to DRIVE to work. How do you get reading done? Or writing? Or handheld video games? How can you stay focused enough to safely operate a vehicle for an HOUR+ there and back (as I did on the subway) EVERY day? And parking? I’d hate my life. I never loved my hours a day on the metro, but give me public transit I don’t have to fret over or maintain or insure or operate any day. 

I’m not sure what’s so scary about it… I mean, you get on… you wait… you get off.  Doing a new route for the first time can be a little nervewracking, moreso with buses, but I don’t get the stigma at all. It’s an absolutely wonderful service.

OP, you’ll be a bus veteran in no time! ๐Ÿ˜€

Post # 12
3424 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

@Olive12:  Haha! I needed a giggle, thanks:) Cute story, and you’re doing your part for the environment by taking public transit! thumbs up!! 

Post # 13
3552 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 2014

@Olive12:  Sitting next to people on a mostly empty bus is kind of far down on the list of odd things prople do on the bus. I once had a guy give me a 20 minute lecture (including quiz!) on the lineage of Nefertiti’s tribe. I also had another guy explain to me that he was born with a second set of teeth (like a shark) that belonged to his twin sister who died at birth. He was really creepy and my stop could not come fast enough.

Post # 14
9916 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2013

@Bebealways:  I agree with this.  I used to live in Philly, and did not own a car.  I had so much time to read…it was glorious.  Now I have to drive 45 minutes each way to work and it SUCKS.  I hate cars.  I wish we had good public transit in this stupid country. 

Post # 15
1835 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: November 2012 - Oak Tree Manor

@Olive12:  Lol! Glad you figured it out – Houston doesn’t really advertise its public transportation and I’ve never actually taken the bus, just the light rail. We live 5 minutes from downtown but I commute to Texas City every day…It’s awful ๐Ÿ™ I’m hoping to find a job in downtown so I can just take the bus or light rail to work!

I really miss college in Seattle, where I would take the bus everywhere. 

By The Way: So random I know, but we’re planning a Houston bee meet-up – http://boards.weddingbee.com/topic/houston-bee-meet-up-2#axzz2LM5ilfkn

Let me know if you’re interested!

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