Timing is everything - ain't that the truth? So, believe it or not, I am back. Did you miss me?
As I begin the composition of this latest post, I am en route downtown via the Blue Line Metro Rail, it's a dreary day her in LA, in fact when I left home it was actually drizzling quite steadily in my neighborhood. Yes, timing is everything, such as the amount of time I have spent between this post and my most recent one - well over a month ago. Think of it as a bit of hiatus as I spent the last few weeks poring of my own work which included writing a less than stellar paper on everyone's favorite epithet that begins with the letter "N" to grading literally dozens of papers - nothing beats end of the semester stress.
But as I said, timing is everything, and if you consider the specifics of time, as in the time it takes to go from point A to point B, well this morning was quite fitting indeed. There are few sweeter feelings than being ahead of schedule. It's not that we think we can literally beat the clock, but when we are able to "beat the clock," there's a bit of euphoria in the knowledge that we have somehow gained advantage over something which we really have no control over at all.
Oddly enough, all of this "excitement" is related to my morning commute. Now, most of you know I have been riding the scooter quite often (hence the catchy title of this blog), but in recent weeks I have been mostly riding my new bicycle - the Xootr Swift, a folding bicycle that does a fantastic job as an urban commuter. Being able to incorporate the bicycle into my daily commute, has added a great new dimension to my transportation ritual allowing me the oppotunity to not drive if I don't want to, yet I am amble to go many, if not most of the places I travel to by car. Even better, I am able to save at the pump, burn calories, and of course not have to worry about paying for parking.
I would be lying to you if I did not say reducing my fuel bill was somewhat of a factor - but it is not a primary factor. I would do this even if gasoline were only $.50 a gallon, instead of the almost $3.50 a gallon we are paying here in SoCal. I am not sure if I mentioned this before (oh I probably did - since I often have very little new to say), but as much as love driving my car all around town, I get practically giddy over the fact actually go great distances and not have to drive my car to do it. And In case you weren't aware, May is actually National Bicycle Month (but here's the biggest irony of ironies - May is also National Hamburger Month). So a commute that takes less time than you banked on (such as green lights at practically every intersection you approach and trains that virtually in-sync with your arrival) multiplies that giddiness exponentially.
While LA's public transportation system (and public transportation systems in general) are maligned for their inadequacies, I find the experience to be just the opposite, especially when you factor in the ability to use public transport and the bicycle in concert (and even more so when there's little to no waiting involved). I realize it is not for everyone. In fact you may live in a city or town that has a very poor public transportation system, or the system may be totally impractical for you. However, until you've actually tried it, you would be amazed how convenient it actually is.
Yep, timing is everything.
Well, I gotta scoot (yes, I still scoot).