I drove in today. This might not sound unusual, but I usually take the train, except for Fridays when I drive with my husband.

You’ll note, those of you paying attention, that today is not Friday.

Nope. Not one bit. So here I am, or at any rate, there I was, driving all by myself through the wilds of traffic, when it occurred to me: a) I shouldn’t drive PC (pre-coffee), b) I really want a coffee RIGHT NOW THANK YOU, c) honking my horn does not make coffee magically appear (but it pisses off the prick in the SUV behind me so that’s cool, and d) there are THIRTEEN REASONS WHY I LIKE CHICAGO MASS TRANSIT!

In no particular order:

1. When the bus driver honks, coffee doesn’t appear either. BUT, it does mean that I don’t have to pay attention to whatever it is that she’s honking about.

2. My commute, from my house to my office, is between sixty and ninety minutes. This gives me time to write and knit.

3. I’ve made all sorts of cool stuff on the train. Right now, I’m working on a lace shawl and my Master Knitter homework.

4. I love my AlphaSmart 2000 because I can sit it on my lap and type away. On a one day commute, I can get up to ten pages of material, between 2,000 and 3,000 words.

5. It’s nice to get to work without road rage. (I don’t GET road rage, mind you. That’s what the horn is for.)

6. I get a lot more exercise. I wear a pedometer, and average between five and seven-and-a-half miles of walking daily. The larger numbers happen when I walk to the farther bus stop, that lets me off a mile and some-odd from my house. Walking calms me down, and lets me work out stuff in my mind. It’s strange, but I’ve noticed it helps to slow down if you want to speed up. Zen? Yeah. But hey. It works.

7. Here’s a more serious one. (Yes, I can be serious.) It’s like going through a sort of metaphysical buffer between work and home to take transit. Because it’s an enforced quiet time with me, myself, and three million of my closest friends, I get two hours a day of chill time. It turns out, this is good for my psyche.

8. It works better for my psyche to NEVER EVER EVER FORGET MY IPOD. Jus’ sayin’. Cell yell? Don’t be that person.

9. If you do run into that person, you can bury them by that other one, over there. ~points~

10. Is there a statute of limitations on putting the cell yeller out of my misery? o.O…

11. It’s good for the environment. Yeah, yeah, I know that’s the new black. But really, it is. I used to run a transportation reduction program when I was fresh out of college, so do you WANT a lecture on airborne particulates?

12. It slows down my day. This may sound odd, but in today’s day and age, I really do need it. If I drive very day, I find I feel rushed. If I take transit, I don’t. It’s as though that enforced slow time, one hour in the morning and one at night, help keep me calm.

13. I can do my morning pages in the morning on the bus and train. This keeps me sane.

13 thoughts on “Thursday 13: March 18, 2010

  1. Great list! I sometimes miss a commute, especially since my significant other works from home. After being out of touch with people all day except over the phone, he wants to talk and I’m ready for quiet time. Thank you for sharing!

  2. Inez Kelley says:

    I commute to my office every morning in my PJs. *grin*

  3. Chicagoland’s traffic is terrible! If I had to commute, I too would take mass transit and get some writing in.

    As it is now though, my commute is a lot like Inez Kelley’s. I love working from home, I only have to go into the office 1 week a month. Good thing, since the office is in Wisconsin ….

  4. If I had that long of a commute I think I’d go the same route as you. Nice to have that time to write uninterrupted. Happy T13!

  5. When I used to work the commute was always the worst part. Now I hold my morning meetings in my pj’s. Topics of discussion sometimes included pancakes or waffles, orange juice or milk, and the ever important what to pack for my 5 yo’s lunch. Happy Thursday!

  6. I think our TTs are related. I prefer to take the bus or train too. I always get a stack of stuff done and get off the other end much less stressed.

  7. Alice Audrey says:

    I don’t mind the cell user on the bus nearly as much as the one in the bathroom.

  8. Sasha Devlin says:

    I was going to post something nice…but then you wrote that dirty, filthy Cubs post on mine. 😉

    Mass Transit is THE way to go if you live in the Chi.

  9. Heather says:

    I don’t mind taking the bus, as I view it as uninterrupted reading time. Well, except when there are cell yellers or screaming children. Sigh…

  10. Janice says:

    I’m glad public transportation has a Zen element to it.

    Happy TT.


  11. Alice Audrey says:

    I gave you the Sunshine Award today. Come by.

  12. LMAO! Actually, most of those reasons are the same for me too. I enjoy riding mass transit (other than the germ factor, and the cold/wet factor and the cell yellers…)

    Oh, and I left you present today on my blog.


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