Watching this week’s StrongBad Email with Ian, while he expresses his frustration with his home computer – he’s trying to log into it from work, but he broke it over the weekend and now it just constantly reboots, leaving it (obviously) inaccessible. My Powerbook never does that. 😉

This is my seventh day of work in a row – i’m very much looking forward to having tomorrow off, mostly cause i have a lot of stuff to get done! And also cause i’d like to sleep in past 5am (at least just a little!). I found a steal of a deal on a parking lot just 3 blocks from work that’ll only cost me $25 a month (the company pays the rest) and is available 24/7 to accomodate my non-traditional shift hours, even during baseball games and stuff. Very good deal. Not that i hate riding the bus… okay, that’s not entirely true. Some days i really hate it. 😉 In the mornings on weekdays i don’t really mind it, although as there’s only a few routes to this part of the city i have to catch the one-and-only bus that will get me to work on time, as the next one will put me here like half an hour late. Driving is much more forgiving in that regard. But the real pain is in the evenings, as i’m headed home after the regular commuting hours, and on weekends, when the routes are limited and i find myself chasing buses all over downtown. What could be a 10 minute drive turns into more than an hour of walking, waiting and riding when all i really wanna do is just get home. With such long days and short evenings, that really makes a dent in my free time. So for $25 a month plus a little gas in the truck, why wouldn’t i drive? See how easily i justify that? 😉 And let’s not even get into the environmental impact of driving my SUV into downtown every day instead of taking the bus… they’re going to name a hole in the ozone after me.

It’s not my fault that this city’s public transit is lackluster. It’s great for some people, if you work 8-5 in downtown and live in one of the city’s boroughs. But the problem with Metro’s bus system is that it basically goes to 50% operation at 6pm, and down to 25% at 10pm. And forget the weekends. So you can’t count on it to get you home if you, say, work a little late, or meet friends for dinner after work, or need to run an evening errand, or – like me – work hours other than 9-5. And this city wonders why we have a traffic problem… cause there really aren’t alternatives for most people! And then we all finally agree on a monorail plan (which would run all nite, btw, on the same predictable route 7 days a week) and these losers want to recall the monorail plan because the route changed by a couple of blocks from the proposal to the building plan! Morons. Firstly, big deal. As long as it’s still going thru all the same neighborhoods. Secondly, a proposal is not set in stone – that’s what proposal means! When landowners won’t sell, or construction costs change, or whatever, you have to be ready to adapt your plans, which is exactly what happens hundreds of times during a 10+ year project. Thirdly, although they try to pass off this recall thing as a “grassroots” movement (the website is even tacky and low budget to aid in the ruse) everyone with more than split pea soup sloshing between their ears knows that the recall movement is being primarily funded by a group of wealthy property owners along the proposed route who either 1) wanted it to stop on their dirt and it’s not, 2) wanted it to stay away and their dirt’s on the route, or 3) have a vested interest in other transportation methods or overpriced parking lots. So basically, a bunch of special interests with much less than the city’s general good in mind. I’ll refer them to John Stuart Mill’s apportionment of the relative needs of the many vs. the needs of the few. And i’ll be sure and spit my gum out the window of the monorail right as i go by their buildings…