Tag Archives: transportation

The 03/12/13 Joy Jar

11 Mar

Moi rode one of those big articulated buses this evening. The buses bend in the middle, One of the features of certain models of these buses is there are two rows of elevated seats in the middle. The elevation allows one to look over the heads of other passengers and to look at the street signs as one passes through the city. Hard to believe, but there are some locations on this planet that do not have street signs. One obviously has to be an insider in those locales to know where you are going. Street signs are really a metaphor for directions in life’s journey. Today’s deposit into the ‘Joy Jar’ are the signs which guide us through life.

Life is one big road with lots of signs. So when you riding through the ruts, don’t complicate your mind. Flee from hate, mischief and jealousy. Don’t bury your thoughts, put your vision to reality. Wake Up and Live!
Bob Marley

Words are but the signs of ideas.
Samuel Johnson

The very contradictions in my life are in some ways signs of God’s mercy to me.
Thomas Merton

Dreams are road signs along the nighttime highway of sleep.                             

Astrid Alauda

The safest road to hell is the gradual one – the gentle slope, soft underfoot, without sudden turnings, without milestones, without signposts.
C. S. Lewis

There are only two mistakes one can make along the road to truth; not going all the way, and not starting.

Failures are finger posts on the road to achievement.
C. S. Lewis

The 02/25/13 Joy Jar

24 Feb

Moi’s field trip would start in downtown Seattle and culminate in Renton at the closest Walmart. The purpose was just to hang out and see how working Americans were dealing with the new normal. Moi went to the METRO Trip planner and typed in the address, 743 Rainier Avenue South. The snarky computer program asked Renton or Seattle? Since moi rarely gets out of Seattle, she typed Seattle. Later, moi would find out the correct answer was Renton. As directed, moi got on the #7 bus and began an excursion through south Seattle. The trip takes one through the International District, Columbia City, and Hillman. This is where one encounters the diversity in Seattle. Moi didn’t see anything which looked like Walmart, so she asked the other passengers about how to get there. That started a group think session and the peeps thought moi should get off the bus and take the #106. Moi got the #106 and was headed toward Renton through Skyline. Moi asked the bus driver if he stopped by Walmart. He thought the best bus strategy was to go to the Renton Transit Center and take the #140 bus. Moi got to the Renton Transit Center and asked the #140 bus driver if he went to Walmart and he wasn’t sure. By this time, it was getting dark and moi walked around the Renton Transit Center and discovered a lot of busses don’t run on the weekends. The bus riding folks at the Transit Center are carless, either by choice or circumstance. If one leaves the Seattle core, one’s circumstance is tied to one’s ability to get around. Moi did not make it to Walmart, this trip. She will start out earlier in the day and find a way to get there on the bus. That tells one about just one of the challenges faced by those who work for a living and get so little recognition for what they do. Today’s deposit into the ‘Joy Jar’ is the knowledge gained from field trips in one’s neighborhood.

Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness.”                             

Mark Twain

The world is a book and those who do not travel read only one page.”                  

St. Augustine

There are no foreign lands. It is the traveler only who is foreign.”                           Robert Louise Stevenson

I don’t do like diva trips and stuff.
Shirley MacLaine

People get really caught up in their own trips.
Max Cannon

One’s destination is never a place, but a new way of seeing things.”               

Henry Miller

The 01/24/13 Joy Jar

23 Jan

The car was barreling down Union Street in Seattle and making a left turn onto 5th Avenue. Moi was in the crosswalk with a bright walk signal. It made no difference. The car whizzed by moi and the driver had the nerve to wave at moi. Moi wanted to give the idiot the finger. Moi didn’t not because she was feeling spiritual, but these days one doesn’t know who is armed and dangerous. More and more drivers are distracted and impatient with pedestrians. The corner of 5th and Union is particularly bad because drivers are often turning the corner going well above the speed limit. They are also impatient with pedestrians who may moving much too slow for their sense of going nowhere at a rapid rate. Today’s deposit in the ‘Joy Jar’ is thanks for those drivers who are paying attention and yield to pedestrians in crosswalks with walk signs.

I failed my Driver’s test. Driving teacher: ‘What do you do

at a red light?’ Me: ‘I usually respond to texts and check

my Facebook.’


An optimist is a driver who thinks that empty space at the curb won’t have a hydrant beside it.
Jules Renard

A careful driver is one who honks his horn when he goes through a red light.
Henry Morgan

Natives who beat drums to drive off evil spirits are objects of scorn to smart Americans who blow horns to break up  traffic jams.                                        Mary Ellen Kelly

It takes 8,460 bolts to assemble an automobile, and one nut to scatter it all over the road.                                                                                                           Unknown 

The civilized man has built a coach, but has lost the use of his feet.                   Ralph Waldo Emerson, “Self-Reliance,” 1841

Leave sooner, drive slower, live longer.                                                       Unknown