Saturday, November 8, 2008

The Road to Perdition

If there’s one thing I hate…wait, wait. Let me rephrase that. I hate a lot of things and no particular peeve stands out. But if I have to share some of what I detest most…it would commuting. At the risk of sounding like an arrogant jerk that I am, let me at least explain why. For obvious reasons of how terrible public transportation in our country is; the unreasonable prices of fares; the public itself; super duper ridiculous traffic; trucks who think they are road royalties; and much, much more--it really makes you wonder how people gets to their destination in one piece. While I have the means to drive myself to work everyday (except Thursdays as the car’s coding that day), with the prices of fuel and auto maintenance, I just can’t possibly rely on driving to get me to where I need to go.

Where’s Wally? No, not the one in Sogo jeep!

Just this week I was late for two days. Big deal! It is, for me, especially if you’re late for just a minute. Can you believe that? Just a fraction of a minute and it ruins my schedule adherence. No, I ain’t after one of them Schedule Adherence awards which I achieved for having an almost-perfect attendance, but still, it’s one of the few things that I got going for me office-wise so please, do not take it away from me, public transportation environment man or whatever the hell you should be called. And to top it all off, my car’s rear was bumped by a stupid jeepney on my way home tonight. We’ll cause traffic if I stopped and confront the moron so I decided to drive forward and deal with the idiot on a much wider space. I was never really the confronting-type but you do not mess with one’s car. I stopped and went out of the car but the ignorant bastard sped up cowardly. I got your plates though, you uneducated commoner! TVF 972 EDSA-Taft to Alabang route.

Good thing, good ‘ol Charley’s tougher than she looks. Not a scratch nor dent in the rear and everything’s fine. Thank the heavens! Now that the holidays is just around the corner, expect busier roads and more commuting-related hassles. I suggest walking if it’s humanly possible. You get to have good exercise and lesser pollution. Just be safe everyone!

9 comments:

keem said...

Oh, poor you. I've been commuting since I entered the corporate world (which was what, 2003). I guess I'm already immune to most of the hassles of commuting. I have almost seen (or experienced) everything, I tell you. You should move to Singapore. Not a single traffic jam and motorists are disciplined.

timeenutlatte said...

Yeah, yeah. I grew up in Manila, I'm used to the hell that is commuting. Throughout college and all. But at least in Manila, traffic is bearable and you can almost walk anywhere (Divisoria, Quiapo, Mendiola..areas). It might not be safe but still, I was used to it. Here in the South, haysh! I tried once walkin from PS goin home..I got till Magallanes! Hahaha. It's just not possible! Iknowright! I just hope they don't bump me! Tsk tsk.

Kadz said...

Same with Kim. It's been the public transpo for me. It really gets on your nerve most of the time, but we have to do with all the hassles...

timeenutlatte said...

Yeah (sigh) I know! But hey, at least we get to see our nightly public jeepney "characters," right? Hehehe. And like I relayed to you this afternoon, we have a new "character" to watch out for. Mwahahaha! Short/shoulder-length brown hair, fair skinned, long legs, corporate attire, quite tall...and let's not forget the eye contact! Wow. We need to come up with a code name for this one. I miss Bus Girl! :)))

keem said...

Meh. You boys are boys. -.-

Kadz said...

I miss Bus Girl! :)))


Ahas!!! grrr... Nyahaha.

timeenutlatte said...

Told ya..she was next to me at KFC last Saturday. Hehehe. Hmm. Eye contact. Eye contact. Ahahaha. But of course..I won't do that. Bros over Hoes nga! B-)

VeeJei said...

Hmm... I don't like commuting too. Mwehehe! Pero wala namang choice eh kundi langoy, lakad, or bus. Hahaha!

timeenutlatte said...

I go with langoy!
"Bakit ka late?"
"Eh me pating at balyenang nagbanggaan eh. Kinailangan pa namin ikutan. Tsk tsk!"
Hahahaha!