It'll suck less once we get more familiar with the routes instead of losing half an hour bobbling around lost in downtown Seattle for a range of about three blocks. Not a terrible sort of lost, but irritating anyway.
Today's highlight was when we were approaching the correct stop, and our bus came up behind us; I switched to a dead sprint for at least a block and a half (I usually can't maintain it for that long, or at least haven't been able to in the past), got to the bus on time, and it was full; I was the first one turned away for lack of space. My breath still tastes of blood from the sprint; hopefully, I'll be breathing okay by tomorrow. I did manage to keep up with a bus at street speed for a good distance, but I'd've rather have gotten on it.
Anyway, it was informative. A bicycle is probably impractical in the terrain (I'll try it at least once, though), and my backpack is definitely impractical- it's convenient to carry, but extremely clumsy to manuver, and so I'm switching to one of my messenger bags for the purpose instead. I'll definitely switch to travelling light- or at least lighter than usual. At least my iPad can cover for the majority of stuff I usually take with me, although I'll probably take my Kindle with me anyway. That's a "probably", though, and not a "definitely". If it wasn't for the headphones, PSP, and Tarot deck, I could carry just the iPad; the level of day-to-day necessity of most of these items (remember, I do have other headphones- specifically, pocketable earphones) suggests that this might be the best way of all to travel light for my uses.
To a more practical commute in the future, I hope.
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