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i have my improv class tonight, but in order to get there, i have to brave the portland public transit system for the very first time.

i'm so freaking terrified that i feel ill.

i'm certain that once i'm in the process of doing it, that everything shall be fiiiiine, but the part that terrifies me... well, ONE of the parts, is that, for example, it says get off on x and y street. (but with real names, of course.) um.. i know NOTHING about portland, so how on earth am i going to be able to tell that x and y street is coming? i can't see SHIT in the dark!!

the other thing that scares the beJEEbus out of me is the fact that i'll be riding it by myself until 11 pm, finishing in a HORRIBLE section of vancouver, and i don't know at this point if i can get picked up from there, and the vancouver busses stop at 930.

can we say "holy mugging victim, Batman?" i thought we could.

stupid jerk anxieties, anyhow.

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a_muse_d
Apr. 10th, 2006 09:30 pm (UTC)
usually asking the bus driver to announce the stop for "x and y streets" works pretty well. ;)

*hugs*


you will be fine.
aubkabob
Nov. 11th, 2006 07:29 pm (UTC)
i've tried this with the bus drivers before. the drivers in vancouver and the drivers in portland are like night and day - the couve ones are, for the most part, kind and sweet and honey coated, and the portland ones treat you like idiotic dung and as if your asking totally offends them. i've learned to just smile sweetly at them, thank them graciously for their help, and to poor on the honey. sometimes it works.
chibi_faolan
Apr. 10th, 2006 09:33 pm (UTC)
From a public transport veteran:

When you get on the bus, ask the driver to call out your stop. ^_~

Other than that... wow. Take enough for a cab, just in case?? Eh... *frets* Good luck? Break a leg? Argh! I don't know which is the right one in these circumstances!
aubkabob
Nov. 11th, 2006 07:30 pm (UTC)
i've tried this with the bus drivers before. the drivers in vancouver and the drivers in portland are like night and day - the couve ones are, for the most part, kind and sweet and honey coated, and the portland ones treat you like idiotic dung and as if your asking totally offends them. i've learned to just smile sweetly at them, thank them graciously for their help, and to poor on the honey. sometimes it works.
chibi_faolan
Nov. 11th, 2006 10:20 pm (UTC)
Heh, so they're like flies? You catch more with honey than with vinegar?

Yeah, though, it's a gamble either way... I've had times when I've rang the bell for a stop and the driver just goes right past, doesn't even slow down... but it's the drivers that don't even bother to stop when there's people (i.e. ME) waiting at the bust stop that truly piss me off.
rrhexis
Apr. 11th, 2006 12:12 am (UTC)
Improv sounds great, the travel I agree does not.
aubkabob
Nov. 11th, 2006 07:30 pm (UTC)
i miss improv, but i have vowed not to let myself return until i take of the 30 lbs that i put on since i stopped going. it's like a reward for eating better.
baryon
Apr. 11th, 2006 03:40 am (UTC)
Be careful Aubrey! Do everything you can to get a ride when the bus drops you off in Vancouver.

Do the buses there have bike racks? Could you at least bring a bicycle with you and bike from the bus stop to your house?
aubkabob
Nov. 11th, 2006 07:31 pm (UTC)
this would be made easier if i owned a bike. i keep hearing that i should get one, but usually where i'm going and what i'm doing isn't feasible for a bike, so...

plus, we already have two bikes that belong to the other roommates sucking up room in our livingroom.
aintesduck
Apr. 11th, 2006 10:38 am (UTC)
*hugs* You can do it, little trooper! ^_~

An improv class sounds really fun. ^_^
aubkabob
Nov. 11th, 2006 07:32 pm (UTC)
i do miss the class, but i've vowed to use it as a carrot dangling in front of my nose to eat better - i've put on 30 lbs in the six months of not going, and i want to feel better and have it as a reward for getting back down under 200 lbs.
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