Friday, August 13, 2010

back in the saddle for two?

It's kind of ironic, but here I am nearing the end of my pregnancy and I'm getting back on my bike(s) starting Monday

I thought I could take the shuttle to work but it is no longer feasible. At least, not until the interns go home.
  1. Taking my bike takes me about 10-15 minutes. Taking the shuttle takes me about an hour. During that hour, I: spend 10 minutes walking to the bus stop, spend 20 minutes standing at the bus stop because some shithead teenage intern takes up the bench, spend 5 minutes in the last seat that was even available on the bus before realizing the asshole sitting next to me is completely fucking sick and sniffling and sneezing virus everywhere, spend the remaining 20 minutes standing in the aisle trying not to fall over at every bump and turn into all the other people packed into the standing room, and then 5 minutes getting off the fucking bus cursing everyone and everything (usually under my breath, but my breath is getting louder these days-- it is only a matter of time before I completely lose my junk at these people, some of whom are my permanent coworkers)
  2. Getting home on the bus takes even longer and half the time the bus is 95+degrees.
  3. Sharing a seat with some sick fuck and/or standing in the aisle is probably about as dangerous as riding my bike.
  4. I can't get a driver's license until the middle/end of September (15th!), due to impacted DMV wait times for behind-the-wheel tests. You can blame whatever your favorite CA budget bogeyman is for this, today I'm going to blame Prop 13. Tomorrow, maybe I'll blame Gavin Newsom or something.

I realize the world isn't going to get out of my way because I'm pregnant, but I really really wish people would not get on the bus sick, whether I'm pregnant or not that makes me extremely angry. At least I know my bike has never given me a cold.

Anyone got one of those "Baby on Board" stickers for my helmet? I've only found the stupid suction cup window things so far... Oh, and I'm not sure my pants will still fit. Maternity leathers, anyone?


James Bong said...

What ever happened to common courtesy? Back in the day when I took public, I would always give up my seat for pregnant or elderly people. There used to be a sign next to the front seats of EVERY bus I rode on that said; "These seats are reserved for the elderly and pregnant women." What's the world coming to?

shineyspikeything said...

sigh.... they just don't make 'em like they used to. We need more Bongs!

Tokyo Biker Mommy said...

Did you ever find gear? Are you riding?

shineyspikeything said...

no, I didn't get back on. :(
I waiting out the summer for the interns to go home, and now I'm back on the shuttle. Only for two more days!