Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Finally! A bus ride that I would actually like to make!

Finally!  A bus ride that I would actually like to make!  I'd want a seat with a window that actually worked, though...

An aside on mass transit...  I've heard a great many people blathering on – sometimes eloquently, though usually not – about the wonders of mass transit (including buses).  Often these people have only a loose command of those pesky things called verifiable facts, but they certainly don't let that get in the way of their advocacy.  If you'd like an example of this phenomenon, I'll just refer you to the public records of speeches by the advocates of the current California “bullet train” proposal championed by the world's emptiest skull, aka California Governor “Moonbeam” Jerry Brown.

But there's another aspect of mass transit that I've never seen publicly discussed: the hell on earth that it is for anyone who is introverted (like me!).  Being shoved into a dirty, noisy, bumpy vehicle (train, bus, plane) with dozens or hundreds of poor examples of organisms allegedly of the same species as I – that is a well-designed instrument of torture for an introvert.  For buses and trains, you can add the additional horrors of government-run, union-manned “service”.  The bottom line: I'll do almost anything to avoid mass transit.  I fly only when I absolutely must.  I take a bus only to escape some life-threatening situation.  The rest of the time I drive or walk. Here in Utah, I just might get me a bicycle (the roads are virtually flat, and off the highway there are few cars).  The bus here (which is free) is likely better than others I've been on, but I'm not planning on trying it anytime soon...

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