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84 Bus Stall

Something weird happened on the way home this afternoon.

Normally, I prefer taking the 84 bus to VCC-Clark, and then Skytrain-ing it home (yep, just made Skytrain a verb). It’s a relatively fast, smooth ride, and I nearly always fall asleep on the bus.

This afternoon, however, my transit home was not so smooth.  At the Cambie stop, the bus driver announced that it was his last stop, and we all had to get off the bus and take some other shuttle to go to the VVC-Clark station. Of course we couldn’t really argue with him, so everyone got off the bus and lined up at the bus stop sign.

It was a good thing I woke up from my usual nap just in time to hear his announcement, otherwise I would have felt very silly. Since I was still a little dazed, I missed his reasoning for why we had to get off.

We ended up waiting in the light drizzle for about 5-10 minutes before another, empty 84 bus came. This we took to be our shuttle, and thank goodness because I was starting to get worried it was. After all the people from my bus got onto the new bus, another 84 bus pulled up behind and dropped more people off. All these people crammed into the new bus and off we went.

I noticed that we didn’t stop at the normal 84 stops, either. Strange, strange, strange.

The moral of this story is that you should leave lots of time for transit. You never know when a bus might break down, get stuck in snow, or leave you stranded on the side of the road for a period of time.

When it snows in Vancouver

my reaction to snow

Stop forcing me to scrape my car’s windshield every morning, sheesh.


A Haiku about Getting Up Early

Up before seven

Why is it still dark outside?

Nope, I can’t do this.

Second First Day of School!

Hello, hello 😉

My morning started off rather blearily (if you can imagine that). My alarm was set 5 hours earlier than it had been for the past week. By the time I left the house, the sun still hadn’t risen. Plus, I had to scrape ice off my car before leaving, which is actually pretty scary business when you’re sitting inside and your mother is outside creating horrible scraping noises on the front windshield.

I was actually pretty excited to be back at school. Seeing everyone in my class again (I couldn’t stop smiling) and meeting the profs brought back the feeling of reallyactuallytruly wanting to learn new things. And that’s an awesome feeling.

Although I can’t say I’m eager to find out what my body fat composition is this term. Not after all that turkey.

At the same time, I really wish school hadn’t started again so soon. None of my family member have school yet, nor do my friends at other universities. I feel like I’m losing out on valuable catch-up time with them. 🙁

Other highlights of my day include finding old high friends in unexpected classes, dodging the horrendous line-up at the Bookstore, and, for the first time ever, deciding to withdraw from a class (ENG 110). Oh, and I accidentally set off the panic alarm whilst trying to ignite the engine in my car. I didn’t make eye contact with anyone in the parking lot on my way out because of that.

All in all, it was a fairly decent day 😀 If only it was a little warmer…

Everytime I get off the bus in the rain

And I always seem to step in a puddle as soon as I get out, too.