I’m doing a tiny experiment here at Peter’s blog: seeing if I can write a post of substance on my unplugged laptop, using my phone as hotspot modem, all while riding the LA Metro bus.
Until last year, and with relatively brief interludes at overseas locations, I had owned a car since age 19. But since last July, I have been riding the local buses, trains, and using what Rush Limbaugh calls the Hoof Express.
To be sure, at 53, walking does my rather round body good—not just by keeping it from getting rounder, but limbering things up and keeping all the juices flowing properly—like my blood. And I have had great occasion to walk all over the place today, since I tend to misread the bus schedules, even the online ones. Hauling my behind over where I need to be while cursing my inattention, I managed to make it where I was trying to go two hours later than I intended. But I made it.
Now I’m on the way back to the place I call home and am just happy to be able to complete two things I intended to accomplish when I got up this morning: pick up my old mail from my old house and get something written for this blog.
People keep asking me why I’m not sad or freaking out over my new living and transportation arrangements. That’s an easy question to answer. Suffice it to say, I know what I’m doing and for whom.
Juliette Akinyi Ochieng blogs at baldilocks. (Her older blog is located here.) Her first novel, Tale of the Tigers: Love is Not a Game, was published in 2012. Her second novel, tentatively titled, Arlen’s Harem, will be done in 2015. Follow her on Twitter.
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