Fri, Jan 6
Bustang by Myron, Post 5
Post 5 – I Like to Think I’m Just Friendly
Myron works for WSP | Parsons Brinckerhoff as a Senior Supervising Planner. Myron commutes by Bustang from Fort Collins every day, and kindly agreed to write about his experiences for a series of blog posts. Read them in order starting with Post 1 – Hi, I am >BUZZ< and I ride a bus.
Human interaction, instead of the blue glow from a phone screen, can make my trip go by pretty quick and I get to learn about other peoples’ work, plans, and experiences.
I’ve met a few bus buddies along the way, and it’s more comfortable to sit and chat with someone you know. I’ve also found that some other people are talkers too, they just need an opening. Human interaction, instead of the blue glow from a phone screen, can make my trip go by pretty quick and I get to learn about other peoples’ work, plans, and experiences. My family says I talk too much, I like to think I’m just friendly. Note – there are times I just want down time too. My buddies don’t seem to mind if I zone out, read the paper or take a nap, and I afford them the same. And if I’m sitting next to a stranger, I just don’t start the conversation.
You notice I wrote the glow from a phone screen in the last paragraph. I seldom use my computer on the bus because the Wi-Fi is pretty slow. I’ve tried to log into my company’s system but it would time out before connecting. So, unless I have something to work on off-line, the computer stays in the bag. The smart Wi-Fi switch on my phone is on, and it constantly goes back and forth to over-the-air data as the Wi-Fi signal fades in and out. One of my bus buddies tells me the Wi-Fi works great until the hoard gets on at DUS, but it doesn’t seem that much better on the slow ridership days. Others seem to do ok, but slow Wi-Fi is one of the few complaints I hear.
So for 45 ~ 60 minutes I get to chat, read, nap, work, and otherwise not pay attention to traffic. In the morning as we start-up the ramp into downtown, the bus driver announces, “Soon arriving at Denver Union Station, make sure to get all your belongings.” Oh yea, do you remember me writing that Old Jack telling me to ride the MetroRide was the best advice I received? It was the second best piece of advice. The best was when I was talking in the bus line (imagine that) about taking the Metroride or walking depending on the weather. A lady behind me interjected, “always walk”. And that is what I do most of the time.