Thursday, 3 July 2008

Why do people not use public transport? - Archives 2008

I have had a long day today. I decided I would try to meet up with a bunch of home-educating folks (parents and kids) I had been wanting to get into a small social group for a while as socialising is one of the things that it is argued home-ed kids can miss out on.

I left the house at 10.20, I was leaving in plenty of time to do the 2 mile walk to the bus stop and popped into the wee charity shop (which sells great kids books for 10p each) So we picked up a few of them.

The bus was 10 mins late, not big problem, but there was already 3 buggies on board so it goes something like this ...


- wrestling E out of it at speed - folding it up - falling over it - getting money out for the fare - getting on board the bus - yikes no place for the buggy - bus starts - E falls over - I manage to plonk E on a seat - still holding the buggy upright (and all the bags, jumpers, jackets, hats that are required on such a trip.) bus stops for a few seconds - lift the buggy into the (much too small) luggage rack (tying not to perform a lobotomy on either E or the lady sitting on the other side of the luggage rack, as I say the rack was much too small for a buggy) Sit down.....ahhhh.... 25 minutes later repeat as above but in reverse.

That took me into Hamilton, I still need to get to Glasgow....
locate train station - buy ticket - have to get to the other platform - fold buggy back up - lift E - bump buggy (still laden with all those bags, jumpers, hats, etc) with one hand while carrying E in the other - get on train...sit down.... ahhhh..... 40 mins later... repeat as above but in reverse, this tim bumping down a switched off escalator (y'know with those big jaggy metal steps)

I took me 2 hours to go 25 miles... It cost me £5.20...

I wonder why people prefer to take their car...
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