Today we went over to a friend of ours house to fix his computer. I should mention, fixing computers is no longer free, nor has it been for quite some time. Made a decision a couple of years back that people were willing to pay the likes of the bozos at Geek Squad to get their machine back in working order so they’d be paying me.
Anyhow we took the bus over there. RIPTA is fairly reliable these days, it’s such a pity that they go through the same budget crisis year after year because our esteemed representatives can’t figure out how to fund a public transit system. The latest is to hike the fare to $2 per way of a trip, and raise the monthly pass from $55 to $62 at the same time CUTTING service.
Most of their problem is fuel costs but that should be alleviated by the new hybrid buses they’ll be putting on the road soon. They get about double the mileage per gallon as a standard bus so logically they’ll use HALF the fuel. Not too bad. The other part of their problem is funding. It’s tied to the gas tax. Sell less gas as people drive less and RIPTA suffers at the very time they should be beefing up service. It’s a never ending cycle.
Anyhow the minute we got off the bus the sky opened up. We sheltered under trees for a few minutes but I knew that wouldn’t last. There was a bus shelter about 150 feet from our location and we ran to it.
I looked down and you could see the runoff from the parking lot behind the shelter had a pretty strong current to it. A quick mental math and I realized that if we didn’t stand on the bench we were going to get wetter than we already were.
Now as the water rose up I told Keyron that the storm drain was still working and sure enough you could see the little whirlpool being formed as it drained the water down. I wish I had taken video of that though, at first there was very little water in the street and the drain was keeping up. But then it got overwhelmed a bit.
The water receded enough in a half hour that we got out and made our way there. One thing you should know, I used to let things like that bother me, I don’t anymore. I laugh at it, it’s kind of funny when you think about it.
BTW, sorry I haven’t been posting much. The new job eats up a bit of time and the last thing I want to do is write after I’ve been banging code for a better part of the day.