How Do You Occupy Your Commute?

During my commute, I’ve been listening to the audio book of On the Shores of Silver Lake one of the middle/later books in the Little House on the Prairie series…because I saw it at the library and I have a weakness for that series…I have the *entire* series (in mismatched paperback)…most of them are kind of old, were my mom’s before I was born, but all the missing additional books got filled in somewhere along the line (maybe in junior high?) and I used to love to read the series…though I haven’t read them in a long time now… kind of fun to re-read… very good descriptive writing of another time and place…and “how life was”, something I find fascinating :) well, that and I just love biographies about everyday life. Anyway, I finished it today five minutes before I got home…so time to move on to my other audio book perhaps. Just thought it was worth nothing that it was fun to “read”…course now I want to jump back in and re-read the whole rest of the series…too bad the library didn’t have all of those in stock on audiobook…ahh well….hopefully I won’t need audiobooks and cds to entertain me for long drives to work for much longer…if only I had an adapter in my car that I could play ipod or mp3 cds or cassette tapes rather than just plain vanilla cds

Taking the train

So for all the hassles involved in taking the train and the shuttle to work on friday…when Monday rolled around being tired of driving automatically trumps the added hassle factor. Decided to go with the 20 one-way trip pass partly because you save money (if you use it up) but partly moreso because then you have more slack time in the morning to catch your train on time without worrying about having to stand in line to buy a ticket and then running to get it punched for the ride before you get on…

On the plus side of the train, aside from not having to drive, there’s also a community aspect…its pretty much mostly the same people who ride the shuttle regularly…so already Monday, a couple of the people who ride the shuttle to work were recognizing me and saying “oh, hey you came back, cool” and I ran into one of them at lunch yesterday. Gives you a chance to get to know coworkers outside your department…who actually *come* to work (Sun’s kind of big on the coming into the office part as being optional as far as working goes…).

I probably would have taken the train again today if it weren’t a pseudo-holiday that a lot of people who work for the state get off work meaning light traffic…well, that and it turned out to be good because we had a staff meeting at 2:30 that lasted until 4:15…which meant I would have missed the shuttle home that I would have wanted to catch…and the later one wouldn’t get me home with enough time to eat dinner or anything before junior high ministry.

I’ll probably take the shuttle again one of the next two days. But I probably need to drive one more time this week because I was talking over email with a really nice sounding girl who has a room for rent in her two bedroom condo in palo alto, so I want to go take a look at the place and meet her so we can see whether that one is a keeper or not. Looking forward to having *something* decided as far as where and when I’ll be moving… :)