This installment of Commuter Chronicles is an excerpt from a fiction piece I’ve been working on this summer. The scene below takes place primarily on a bus. I tried to use my observations from countless trips on buses to set the mood. The story itself is unfinished but I just felt like posting a piece of it here for feedback from my fellow bloggers.
This installment of Commuter Chronicles is a little different in that it isn’t about an actual experience I’ve had using public transit. Rather, I wanted to share an interesting article I came across while reading my twitter feed over the weekend.
Arizona and California both allow drivers, for a fee, to customize their license plate numbers. As a result, I can’t go more than 30 seconds without seeing a personalized license plate number on the road.
Boss kicked me out early, light rail is the easiest option outta there. Get to light rail station – shouldn’t be that crowded at this hour but students are one by one descending upon the platform. At least I think all these people are students. At least half the people on the platform appear to be in their early twenties and wearing backpacks. Continue reading →
This installment of Commuter Chronicles is a short series of Top 3 lists related to commuting via public transportation. Two of these items are from my experiences using public transportation in SoCal. Can you guess which two those are?
So far, my posts related to commuting have primarily dealt with public transportation. For this post, I’d like to highlight some of the bizarre things I’ve seen in the past year or so while either driving or carpooling to/from work. I’m not talking about crazy illegal lane changes, people flipping the bird at other drivers, speeding or running red lights. That – sadly is standing fare that I see practically everyday.
This list describes unusual scenarios I’ve encountered on the road in the past 12 months. I really didn’t want to traumatize myself by going back any further. Continue reading →
Today’s commute was a bit more eventful than usual. While carpooling towards the freeway, I noticed about four aircraft circling above the vicinity of Falcon Field Airport.
I thought it seemed odd that there would be a backup of air traffic as Falcon Field is a small airport. However, from about a 1/2 mile away, it became apparent that the aircraft in question were news helicopters as several emergency vehicles were parked on the side of the road across the street from the airport.
Several areas of the lot were sectioned off with police caution tape. At this point I didn’t know what was going on. I figured there had to be a dead body or bodies in the lot based on how the lot was sectioned off and the number of police and fire vehicles on site. There were news vans of 2 local stations already on-site and I could see another getting ready to approach the scene. Continue reading →
Earlier this week I uploaded a “Commuter Chronicles” post about a how a fellow light rail passenger thought he spotted Bert Sugar waiting for the next train. I didn’t even know who Bert Sugar was until this encounter at the light rail in July 2011, and I thought it was an interesting enough encounter to blog about. I just logged on about 30 minutes and saw the news that Bert Sugar died today after going into cardiac arrest.
I just wanted to take a moment to acknowledge the news. Based on what I’ve read about Bert, he was a larger than life character. I think a personality like Bert serves as a good reminder that we should all try to live life to its fullest. Continue reading →
Sometime around mid- July, the All Star Major League Baseball event came to downtown Phoenix. Although the downtown area sees a good amount of people on any given day, an event such as this makes any given day look like a ghost town. People were everywhere, cars were everywhere and the light rail seemed to be the easiest way to get the hell out of there. Continue reading →
The story below is a working draft of a personal narrative recounting a rather memorable trip to work one morning in 2007. This is my perspective of what happened that morning.
I knew I should have stayed home today. Those were the only thoughts running through my head as the back tire of the 30,000 lbs bus dangled over the edge of the canal. I squeezed my eyes shut for a moment to quickly thank God that this was just a standard size bus and not the ridiculously long articulated bus. That, and to block out the sound of the hyperventilating woman sitting directly behind me. Continue reading →
One idea I’ve been kicking around for awhile is to weave together some of my experiences as a commuter who uses public transportation (it’s not as common here in Phoenix as it is in other major metropolitan cities). I’m not sure if it would use these pieces as a personal narrative or if I should use some nuggets as fodder in a fictional story.
During college, I was lucky enough to live near one of the hubs of the bus system. I often took one of the local routes from to campus and back. The savings in parking fees alone was worth it. However, local routes are slow as there are frequent stops, and there are definitely “interesting” characters along the way. I had been using the bus system off and on since grade school, but it wasn’t until college that I utilized the bus system daily. Continue reading →