And so endeth the streak.
Yeah, in just two and a half weeks! Over. I drove to class today. *sigh*.
See, my plan is to never ever drive to class. I won't go into detail, but bottom line, the university is not conducive to car commuters. Enrollment has exploded in recent years and the parking spaces haven't kept up.
In fact, I know it's surprising to some that Chaco and Wolfgang live on campus even though we are just a few miles away. I've mentioned that it's been good for them, to get their independence and responsibility... to get that whole "college experience", etc. And those are nice secondary effects, especially since they are full-time students.
The primary reason they live there, though, is the parking situation.
ANYWAY, back to ME!
My plan is to never ever drive to class. Option (a) is to bicycle commute. Option (b) is to take the metro bus, which has a convenient economical route from nearby our house, right to campus. A distant distant option (c) is for me to drive to one of the shuttle lots.
So here's a thing. I don't have actual hard statistics, but I can say that the frequency of rain in the morning around here is: hardly ever. We might get rain every day for several days in a row, but it's almost always in the afternoon, maybe evening. Morning? Oh pshaw!
Today was a hardly ever day.
It was cloudy and rain was forecast, but it was morning! So I was all set to go when, about five to ten minutes before I planned to leave, the skies just OPENED! To the point where I thought it actually a little unsafe to bicycle in - low visibility, puddles/mud, slippery brakes... And, oh heckfire, it's too late for me to catch the metro bus. Shucks!
I drove to shuttle lot choice 1: Full. I drove to shuttle lot choice 2: Full. I drove to shuttle lot choice 3: Surprisingly not full. Note to self for future reference: Don't bother with shuttle lots of choices 1 and 2.
I hopped on a shuttle that took us up the lung burner hill and up the thigh buster hill, and there I was with the other downtrodden commuters. And the conversations! What is it with some young adults these days?!
About how he told her he didn't want a relationship, but his grandma really liked her because his last girl was a b*tch, and how he told her he didn't want a relationship but she still wanted to hang out and how she got all cuddly kissy but then he told her that "friends don't do that" but she said it was okay if he didn't want a relationship she just enjoyed hanging out which translates to getting cuddly kissy which translates to...
And I'm all "Seriously, I can hear everything you're saying!"
Most of the other shuttle rats, though, I noticed, had earbuds in. Is that proper shuttle etiquette? Put in earbuds so the sordid details - some of which I bet were slightly *COUGH* exaggerated - are heard only by the intended audience?
So that was my commuter experience today. I hope to not have to resort to the distant Option (c) again. Need to plan a little better.
The commute time was right about the same as with the bicycle. Just not nearly as fun. And I don't need the drama.
Grandma sounds fun, though.