Bustang by Myron, Post 12

Bustang by Myron, Post 12

Post 12: “Newly Redesigned Front End”

Myron works for WSP in downtown Denver 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.

I’m warm and relaxed, and I just finished writing a report for a client and reading the newspaper. I have extra bus time this morning because the inch or two of snow forecasted for this storm turned into four to eight inches of good snowball-making, roadway snow-packing delight. So I thought I’d start writing this edition about riding Bustang (while riding Bustang) as I look out the window at the miserable drive others are enduring this morning.

wrecked car

A newly redesigned front end, compliments of snow and a light pole.

Traffic is 5-in-the-morning sparse instead of full-on rush-hour levels because of the lovely conditions, which makes it easy to spot the little silver car go by with what looks like a newly redesigned front end. (Light poles will do that.) I’m assuming the city is on accident alert and the little silver car driver is now running late for a meeting. That damage looks like it missed blasting the radiator by millimeters. Shout out to Furniture Row: If you’re looking for a driver who doesn’t need to see forward, I’ve got your man!

 

old lady in checkout line

Trying to find the fastest lane, you always end up behind the person balancing their checkbook. (Oh, hey, Mom!)

These are the days that make public transportation that much better. I know we are going to be late, but there’s nothing I can do about it. I could have taken an earlier bus, but even then it’s all on the driver once I step onto their bus. And that’s good. If I’m driving and running late, I might take a couple of chances — a few MPH faster than I should go, looking for the fast lane, etc. Driving is like going to the grocery store because the moment I switch lanes, I’m behind Jed Clampett: It’s “Price Check on Aisle 5” time, and I’m stuck watching the one person who still writes checks fill out the balance register in her book. (Oh, hey, Mom — didn’t see you!)

Even on the bus, there are some who still want to be in control. Monitoring speed and lane usage, looking over their shoulder, willing the driver through telepathy to switch lanes, fast!

The cool kids sit in the back, just like in school. We get settled into our seats and let the sounds of the road take us away…We wind up on the way to work and wind down on the way home. It works well that way: Riders ride, drivers drive, and everyone is happy. 

The cool kids on the bus, using a term JoAnn coined, call them the Motion-Sickers. You know the ones — calling shotgun for the family’s cross-country trip because sitting in the back makes them barf. They either proceed to tell the driver how to drive, complain about how the driver drives, or fall asleep ten miles out of town.

 

Did you catch that? The cool kids sit in the back, just like in school. We get settled into our seats and let the sounds of the road take us away. Napping, working, reading, spinning in circles really fast: Nothing makes us sick (except maybe that spinning thing). We wind up on the way to work and wind down on the way home. It works well that way: Riders ride, drivers drive, and everyone is happy. And my old Durango sits in the Park-n-Ride, sans a newly redesigned front end.

Post 13, Coming Soon

Did You Know?

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