August 2012

Dear college students

No respect for traffic lights and crosswalks.

We (as in you and I) live in a rather semi-small town. Yes, the small shipyard town that likes to think it is on par with the bigger college towns miles away or with the business air of our capitol. Our town is a strange, awkward place. It was simply a town for yard workers that happened to be home to a community college.

Said community college gained size over the years with the more official and established 4 year colleges. Said place grew and grew over the years, becoming a big fancy-looking place that had the air of a four-year liberal arts college but deep down was and will always be that community college for kids who were too embarrassed or high and mighty to just go to the other, way cheaper (and better equipped) two-year community college a city away. 

Hating the bus

The commute vs. the long distance ride

Do you think you hate your bus? Really? I don’t know if this makes any sense, but I hate my bus so much that I actually kind of like it. Let me explain.

There are two kinds of bus rides. First there’s your long distance bus trip. In the states you will be stuck on Greyhound – slow and unreliable with bus stations in the worst part of town. I did most of my Greyhound trips in the 90s. At least then it was cheap. Nowadays in the Midwest we have Megabus, which I use whenever I come back to travel between Chicago and Detroit, visiting family and friends. So far I have nothing bad to say about Megabus. If that changes I will let you know.

Bus disruption caused by seven-year-old

Parents to blame?

Let’s get one thing straight. I don’t hate kids. I don’t love 'em or anything, nor do I ever plan to have one in my future. But I do find them endearing. Well, when they are well behaved and generally nit making a mess of things. I have a decent amount of patience. But it is not infinite. But there is something else I’d like to say. I like my bus rides quiet and disruption-free. See, most adults know to sit in their seat and calmly wait until their stop is reached.

Now, you being a kid, and especially a young kid, I can sort of excuse that. But...

Strange buses

Buses in interesting designs

Buses around here are rather plain. You have the school bus that everyone (unless you are homeschooled?) rides in their formative years. You have the public buses like the transit buses that sometimes have ads on then and whatnot. Then there are tour buses and the Greyhound buses. Each type of bus is seen everywhere. But have you seen a cat bus?

Or a topsy turvy bus?