I finally did it, got to work on the trains and bus! A small accomplishment, and none at all to those who’ve been doing this for years, but to those of us who are accustomed to coming and going as we please in our own cars, I feel pretty good about not ending up in the wrong city, or being late to work.
I left the house early enough to catch the 6:05 train, instead of the 6:20 the online route planner suggested. Just as well because I did get off the light rail at the wrong stop initially. When the PA system announced the next station I asked the woman next to me if it meant the transit hub where I needed to change trains. She said ‘yes.’ She was standing at the time, the train was crowded. I think she just wanted my seat which she slid into as soon as I got up to disembark. That’s ok, I caught the next train fifteen minutes later which still got me where I needed to be to make the connection I needed. Take that, bee-yatch. Now, since I arrived at work at 7:40, I’m hoping to bug out of here early enough to beat the 5:00 rush. It’s amazing how much interest my little adventure is generating among my co-workers and even my managers, which confirms what I’ve suspected, that people are afraid to try mass transit because it’s unfamiliar and they don’t know how to navigate it. We are creatures of habit and comfort, and deviating from our routines does not suit most people. I was able to get some reading done on the trains, fun! Beats staring at traffic for 50 minutes, unable to do anything else. It did take a total of 1 hour and 45 minutes, roughly double the time it takes to drive but it will save me almost $800 a year in gas. I just gave myself a raise.
So, my card for the day is The Star!
The colors are richer in person, and the actual lines are much sharper and clearer, even a hi-res scan did not capture it well.
Sub-titled “Self Awareness”, The Star is typically interpreted as hope, inspiration, a shining beacon to light the path. New ideas, confidence, healing. Ruled by Aquarius the Water-Bearer (an air sign), it indicates a mental shift from one of worry and turmoil (seen in The Tower, which precedes it in the Tarot) to one of calm and reason. I’ve come through some troubles and now am more at peace. Ahhhh :::sigh::: Feels good.