Friday, April 06, 2018

Just a day

Monday 5th March.

R quit his volunteer job at the end of last year. A couple of weeks ago the organisation called him. We are really short of drivers. Could you help out at least once. R agreed and worked last Monday and this Monday, and as next Monday is a public holiday, Labor Day, he has agreed to do a drive a bus run on Tuesday. He had been looking at volunteer jobs on Seek. One really interested him me. That is as a volunteer driver of an electric vehicle to transport the elderly and infirm around Spencer Street Station.

So, for my last day off before I go back to the hard grind, I was home alone and free. I caught the 16 tram to St Kilda to take a photo of a mural, the 16 to Chapel Street in Balaclava. I just missed the 78 tram so walked back one stop to the Port Phillip Library and rinsed off my hands in the drinking fountain of tomato sauce which accompanied my sausage roll and coffee in Acland Street.

It was then up Chapel Street to Chemist Warehouse for medications. I was ready for the next 78 to Toorak Road. I walked to South Yarra Station and caught the train to Richmond and took some photos.

Then it all went wrong. Should I get the train to the city and a St Kilda Road tram home? Should I get the 70 tram to the city and a St Kilda Road tram home? Should I get the train back to South Yarra and the 58 tram home?

A tram came along as I was nearly at the tram stop. I assumed there would be someone getting off the tram at Richmond Station so I did not skip along to get to the stop or hail the tram, but I was wrong and the tram did not stop. Ok, it is the train then.

I went into the station to catch the train to South Yarra and the tram home, but for some reason I forgot that I was doing that, and caught a train to the city.

We could have a palace in the outer suburbs for what it cost to live here, but I do like that I am spoilt for public transport options. Unlike driving around here, public transport is generally stress free and at times interesting.




13 comments:

  1. Even in the city public transport here is woeful. Perhaps it will improve with the light rail but the early signs are not positive.

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    1. EC, I read of all sorts of ideas for further light rail in your area, even one to Queanbeyan. If territory is to grow further, it must invest in efficient public transport, otherwise you end up in a mess like Sydney and Melbourne.

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  2. Love the options in the city but the suburbs need more.

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    1. Jayne, indeed they do and I am not sure that buses stuck in traffic is the answer.

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  3. It kept you busy all day and out of trouble.
    Merle........

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    1. Not all day Merle, and I no longer get into trouble when I am out and about. I as a gay man of a certain age, like woman of of a similar age, become invisible.

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  4. "...rinsed off my hands in the drinking fountain of tomato sauce..."
    As you do (*~*)

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    1. River, I thought there were public toilets there as some very unacademic homeless types people go into the library.

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    2. you missed the point. A drinking fountain of tomato sauce. (instead of water)

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  5. It's so much less stress if someone else does the driving. I wish we had easy public transport around here, and to all points north, but one needs to be wealthy and have lots of time to do that. we have two routes here and then the Linn Benton Loop bus, that heads to Corvallis and back, created mostly for student travel between the community college just outside Albany and Oregon State University in Corvallis. Well anyhow, I'd love to have a driver!!!

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    1. Strayer, our big cities have reasonable public transport if you are not too far from the city centre, but otherwise, people are very car dependent here.

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  6. Same here but I like being in the city and love public transportation.

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    1. Jackie, and you take full advantage of living close to the centre of the city.

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