Monday, December 19, 2005

Sailing and the Bus

My wife told me about a friend of hers who is teaching people how to ride the bus. I thought to myself, "How silly, how hard can it be." I found out that my sheltered suburban life had a huge hole in it. I bought a month pass for the system and found out that the bus system in Grand Rapids is complex. Some busses run all week, while other skip Sunday or Saturday. They run different routes depending on the hour of the day. If you do not have the guide with you forget it. I find myself sitting on the bus feeling conspicously wealthy. I have the only Ipod in sight. My backpack is huge. I wear gold rings. It is amazing to me how many people do not ride the bus. We as a family are learning how to ride the bus! It sounds silly to say but you really have to learn the system, where all the stops are and where you can go and when. Someday when I go to school in Vancouver, BC I think this will pay off. Or the day we find ourselves in Istanbul trying to figure out their system knowing ours first should help. I hope. We figure that having a sailboat and using public transportation when on land go hand in hand.

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