Postponed: I came down with a virus Sunday night from which I have not yet recovered, so I will not be riding the bus tomorrow. I will update here when I am better and have rescheduled the date.
Photo Credit: North Dallas Gazette (see original imagehere)
In my extremely privileged life, I have never had to take public transportation in Dallas. I have chosen to ride "DART the train" before for FUN, but I have never taken a yellow bus around town.
My bus-riding interest has been peaked over the past year as I have gotten to know so many homeless men and women whose primary means of transportation is taking the bus (or walking).
So, even though I am slightly terrified of the experience (I have been quite coddled :)), next week I plan to take the yellow bus all around Dallas -- from my home in North Dallas to my work in South Dallas I will go. I will take the bus wherever I need to go that particular day.
In the research I've done, what is a 20 minute car ride is looking to be a ONE AND A HALF HOUR bus ride. That means instead of leaving my house at 8:00 a.m. on Tuesday to get to South Dallas, I will have to be at the bus stop at 7 a.m., which probably means leaving my house to walk to the bus stop at 6:45 a.m.
Also, did I mention it's especially hot outside?!
So I plan to sweat! It's going to be a blast. I'm sure there will be a lot of laughs and frustration. I will let you know how it goes.
I'm excited to dig a little deeper into what is a normal experience for my homeless friends.
Also, if you follow me on Twitter, I will be tweeting about my experience in real time next Tuesday. To follow me, click here.