As I mentioned back here, a cat has joined our household–for the first time since our dear 20-year-old Millicent passed on, back on Groundhog’s Day in 2006. (I hope that, a la the Bill Murray movie of that name, Millicent has moved on to another of her lives.)
Archive for August, 2009
I did the casual carpool this morning. For those outside the SF Bay Area, the casual carpool is a way to reduce congestion during rush hour. I think it’s primarily in the East Bay (across San Francisco Bay from the City), rather than down the peninsula or in Marin county, but they may have it elsewhere, too.
At certain randomly designated (even spontaneously discovered) corners, often near a bus stop, commuters or cars can wait for each other to share the ride across the Bay Bridge, taking advantage of carpool lanes so that they don’t have to queue and pay the toll. You pass the long queues in the toll lanes and zip right on through to the bridge.
This means that perfect strangers can walk up to a waiting car, nod hello and get in, then the passengers read or listen to their own music, while the driver (hopefully) minds the road. Oftentimes no one says another word until we arrive at Fremont and Howard streets (a hodge podge of vehicles disgorging riders) and say our thanks and good byes.
Other times are not so quiet. (more…)