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Unexpected exercise - the funcrunch files


Jan. 25th, 2006 10:45 am Unexpected exercise

Running late for work as usual this morning, I noticed the bus pull up a block away from my bus stop and just sit there. I soon found out that there was a problem with the overhead power lines and that the buses were only running intermittently. I phoned my boss to say I'd be late for the 9 a.m. meeting and started walking, figuring I might hail a cab if the buses didn't start running again soon. I played good Samaritan explaining the situation to all the frustrated would-be passengers at the stops along the way. (Partly to assuage my guilt for being somewhat rude to the lady at my stop who was pestering me about how to get a transfer, how long the power outages usually lasted, etc.)

I didn't see any for-hire cabs along the bus route until I was pretty close to the office, and the first bus going my way didn't catch up with me until I was only two blocks away. I was delighted to find that I got to work in only about 45 minutes. I had often walked home from work in that amount of time, but never to work, figuring it would take longer with the steeper hills and I'd be sweaty etc. (The distance is about 2 1/2 miles.) I think I'll do this walk more often, perhaps bringing a change of clothes and applying deodorant at the office to deal with the sweat.

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From:opus119
Date:January 27th, 2006 04:26 am (UTC)
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Walking to work sounds like a good plan. Saves money, too.

I was walking to work for a couple of months (about 35 minutes one way, with a small hill) until I got the cheapo bike moved and put into service. I like it and still do it occasionally. The slower pace lets me see the world a little better, and I notice things I might have missed otherwise.
From:funcrunch
Date:January 27th, 2006 07:13 am (UTC)
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Not sure if I would stop buying MUNI passes even if I walked to work both days though. It costs $45/month for unlimited use and I really like the freedom to be able to hop on a cable car without paying $5 each way...