Thursday, January 29, 2009

The Move: Shovelling and travel

I don't like shovelling. I don't like shovelling a gravel driveway. I don't like shovelling a gravel driveway covered in ice. I don't like shovelling a gravel driveway covered in ice while it's blowing snow. I don't like shovelling a gravel driveway covered in ice while it's blowing snow, then going out two hours later after the blowing snow has changed to freezing rain. And I don't like not being sure whether there's one or two l's in the middle of shovelling.

Transit to and from work has been a mixed bag. I've been spoiled for a long long time because since 1992, I've lived within a block or two from major public transit points, with my workplace being a block or two from a major public transit points. Now I'm out in suburbia, a block or two from a bus stop that's actually someone's driveway, on a street served by a rush-hour-only bus, and an every-half-hour-if-it's-on-time bus.

The bus requires me to connect with another bus to get to or from work or home.

The trip in to work seems the most straightforward: short layover, reasonable transit time.

The trip home is a bit more dicey: if I miss the first bus, which comes by about 10 minutes after my regular work shift ends, I'm, as they say, f'd in the a. And if I *do* catch that bus, and it's *right on time*, I have about 3 minutes to hustle two blocks and catch the bus out to home -- otherwise, it's another half-hour wait to get home.

So far I'm one for three in catching the last-leg homebound bus on time. And the in-to-work bus that gets me in nice 'n quicklike is only in service during the university school year. So, as you can imagine, I can foresee really really wanting a car by the springtime.

2 comments:

  1. so is 'paved driveway' on your 'to get done' list? :) I'm just heading out to clear up our driveway, and I'm kinda looking forward to the challenge of it.

    is timberlea far enough away to be serviced by regional transit? is it biking distance? a popular carpool subdivision, perhaps?

    enjoy the snow, i see you've got more coming...

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  2. Timberlea is a little too far/hilly/traffic-crazy for biking ... haven't seen any carpool options via carshare options at Kijijiji...

    Oh boy, a paved driveway would be sweet. I don't know if it's solve the iciness problem, since the upper part of the driveway is in shade most of the day, but it'd be easier to clear and would result in less gravel on the lawn.

    more snow is falling today -- all day, all evening, about 30 cm worth. Looks like another sweaty shovel ahead!

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