Monday, September 18, 2006

One car or two: Part 2

We have discovered the joy that is the bus. We took some test rides and more important than cost, we found it to be extremely easy and convenient to use.


1. Costs:
The bus is $1 each way and $40 for a monthly pass. A bus card doesn't save us too much money. Based on the public transit website's cost of driving calculator:

Monthly car commuting cost: $77.32
Annual commuting cost: $927.84
A new car starts at $16,000 - we're pay cash types.

Monthly bus commuting cost: $40
Annual bus commuting cost: $480

2. Door to door service: This is perhaps the best part for us. We walk not even a half a block to the stop - it is at the head of our cul-de-sac. There is a stop across the street from my work and 1/2 a block from husband's work.

Plus, we live close enough to our workplaces that the bus ride is not long.

3. New buses: Our city has recently introduced new (biodiesel! willie nelson!) buses and they're quite nice to ride on.


1. This isn't a con so much as I need to do the entire mathematical workup.

2. More cons listed in previous post on this topic.

Monday, September 11, 2006

Commute report

Heading to work: Caught all the green lights except two. Zoom.

Heading home: One car slowed so I could go from the parking lane - where there was a parked car - and into the right lane and then back into the parking lane; Yellow bike with panniers was ahead of me on the long hill. I nearly caught up - I always have the urge to chase down other bike commuters - then I hung back, as I wasn't in a social mood.

Post ride: Saw "Little Miss Sunshine" and liked it. The beauty pageant reminded me of this British documentary that was often on late-night while I was in college. My roomies and I would routinely repeat lines from the documentary, as we found the child pageant thing so darn freaky. Our favorite line: "Weeestern weaaaar," the favorite part of the competition per one child who was interviewed. (This was pre-JonBenet, by the way.)

Friday, September 01, 2006

Anna's first IM

My nearly 4 month old daughter is soooo smart. Here's what she IM'd me today while I was at work. She got a *little* help from her Nana BJ.

Anna the baby: p;dcd
Anna the baby: anna wrote that
Anna the baby: zz;.;l/O./'
Erf9976: wow!
Erf9976: you are a smart girl
Erf9976: mommy is so proud!
Erf9976: your first IM!