I decided to take the bus into work yesterday. I discovered a fairly direct route that allowed me to leave around the same time in the morning and gets me to work around 8, which is when I should be there. (I actually got in around 8:03, oh well). I thought it would be nice to save money on gas and I wouldn't have to worry about squeezing my car behind our shop and I could be all environmently friendly and all.
However there are some problems with that.
Taking the bus is more expensive, for me, than driving. How's that for discouraging? I work 5.2 miles from home. Round trip that is 11 miles. Currently my van gets roughly 18 miles/ gallon. ('96 Dodge Grand Caravan). Today a gallon of gas in MN costs $2.98/ gallon. Round trip with the bus? $4.00. It's an ok choice when the weather sucks and I would rather not drive, but daily use? Not so much. If I had to pay for parking downtown, it would make sense, but I don't. I'm sure the extra $ is worth it to not add my van's emissions into the air, but I can't afford doing that everyday. ::sigh::
I did get some time to knit on the bus, my "G Rocks" yarn from Blue Moon. I've started the heel flap!
I'm knitting on the ride home and I hear faint natterings from people around me: "is that knitting?" "what's she making?" "I remember when my mother/ grandmother/ father/ grandfather did that." The kicker was: "oh I would never find time to do that". This said by someone sitting on a bus, with empty hands and time before their next stop. So what exactly are you doing now? In my spare time this week I have managed to knit 7" of my sock. I will have it finished next week and the other started. I will have the pair complete before the end of the month. God knows I am not idle, I always am doing something, but I find time to knit cause I like it. It's fun for me. If it is fun for you, you will find the time.