Sunday, January 16, 2011

Adventures on a Bus

The other day, I had to go to WIC. In a car, the WIC office is less than 5 minutes from my house. Since I don't have a car right now, I thought, "I'll take the bus, the trip can't take that long and if thousands of other people can do it, I can too." Wow was I wrong. I don't know how anyone can rely on public transportation for anything. This was my horrible adventure.

I left the house 30 minutes before I needed to. The bus was 45 minutes late. Now, I'm starting my trip out 15 minutes later than I need to. I get on the bus with Hail and there are no seats available. Nobody bothers to allow us to have a seat, so we stand. Now, in order to get to the WIC office, you have to take 3 buses to get there. Each bus runs back and forth in a straight line up all the main roads. The first bus was 15 minutes late, the second bus that we need only runs once an hour, and we missed it. So we start to walk. I don't know if you have ever carried a child in a car seat for any length of time but it adds at least 10 pounds. I carried him for over a mile, then it begins to rain.

By this time, I am so frustrated, tired, and late that I call my sister crying. Luckily she was on her way home from somewhere. Conveniently, she lives right across the street from the WIC office. She came and picked us up and we ended up only being 15 minutes late. Now, here's the kicker- When I get to the front counter to check in they ask me if I have the printed certificate, which I hand her. She gives me 3 months worth of checks and tells me that in April Hail had to have another weight check. I DIDN'T EVEN HAVE TO TAKE HIM WITH ME!!! Had I know known that, I could have gotten the neighbor, or even Noel to sit with him for the half hour it would have taken me to get there and back since I didn't have a class, he didn't have to be weighed or even seen. Why can't they be more clear about these sorts of things before you get there???

In conclusion- I have no idea how people depend on public transit when they are always late, or it takes you half the day to get somewhere when you have to wait for buses that only meet up where you need them once an hour. Because of our little bus adventure we are both getting sick from having to be out in the cold. I need a car.

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