Monthly Archives: July, 2013

Monday, July 29, 2013

# 1 – Forsyth Station
Status: On time

I left work during the day to visit a chiropractor in Clayton to finally get help with my back pain. The ride there was uneventful. Three people got off when I boarded. No one else was on the bus, and no one got on during my ten-minute ride.

I had checked the times for the return route, and as a somewhat seasoned bus rider, I assumed I knew approximately where the return bus stop would be, so I did not ask the driver. As my mom would say, “When you assume, you make an Ass out of U and Me.” I crossed the street and started walking in the opposite direction. And walking. I never saw a bus stop. I passed a Metrolink station but decided that surely the bus stop was just ahead. Reader, I walked two miles from the chiropractor back to campus. When I finally GoogleMapped my options, it said I could catch the bus at Big Bend. Which is the west edge of campus. Which would be pointless. So I swung by the law school cafe, picked up lunch, and then walked on to my office. I know I had told the chiropractor that walking helped my back, but I had not planned on this. Fortunately, the weather was mild and I had good walking shoes on. And exercise is good- especially when you’re six months pregnant! 

When I got back to my desk, I looked up the bus route and a map to find those mysterious stops. It turns out that this particular bus goes in a loop, so I should have waited at the same stop where I got off. The bus would go in a big circle–it doesn’t go back the way it came. I really wish there were schedules posted at the stops–I’ve only seen schedules posted at the Loop stop where there multiple buses. This is not necessarily intuitive. 

However, now I know what to do the next time. Meanwhile, random sightings from yesterday:  

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But they will surrender their copyeditors

I saw this one my walk to work at around Rosedale and Westminister. What?! It’s been there a couple weeks at least. It must be really taped on because it’s rained since I first saw it, and it’s in pretty good shape. But what prompted it? Also, it’s Their not They’re. Geez, boomers, get it right.

 

 

 

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This was in the stall of the ladies room in the building where my appointment was. I would say the building was probably built sometime in the 1960s. So the question is — soap dish, ash tray, or other? My answer is B. 21st century possibility: cell phone holder!

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Thursday, July 11, 2013

This morning I biked to work. Which presumably means I’ll bike home this afternoon. This is the first time since April, maybe early May, since I’ve used the bike for work, and I can’t think of too many times (if any) we’ve leisurely biked since that time either.

Today I feel like I should get bonus points for pulling out the bike and using it while 25 weeks pregnant. On the upright seat, I didn’t notice any difference in balance. My main concern was that the belly band for my pants wouldn’t hold. I finally found the bike route from the edge of campus to the library, which involves a hill, of course, but I was able to ride all the way up it without stopping to walk. It’s not a large hill, but it was steep enough for me this morning. I silently urged the baby-in-utero to pedal along with me while also channeling the one part of the Tour de France I saw on Saturday involving a much steeper and longer hill. Whatever gets you to the top.

It was really a perfect opportunity today: I planned ahead enough for the possibility that R. brought my bike up from the basement last night. And even though I woke up early, I was still ready too late to catch the bus, and I knew biking would be faster than walking, even including the hassle of getting the bike out the front door. In addition, it was a day that won’t be too hot (mid to high 80s, less humidity) and pretty much no chance of rain. And I have no meetings scheduled for today, so I can sit at my desk and not be too concerned about the bit of back sweat I feel through my shirt. Shh, don’t tell anyone. Overall, I feel pretty good.

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The glass wall at the bus stop — is the company called Wall or is it a friendly warning?