busMy commute seems to be back to its Pre-Inaugural hysteria level and is taking the usual hour forty minute round trip instead of the two hour ten minutes or two hour forty minute trip. Ridership on the commuter buses is definitely up though. I have to get to the parking lot at least 30 minutes before the last bus to get a parking space in the lot (I usually take an earlier bus anyway but this means I venture forth at my own peril if I dawdle or sleep through my alarm).

Well Groomed is taking an earlier bus in from Jaunty which is why I haven’t seen her the last couple of weeks. She is probably doing so to compensate for the buses running late. I wonder if she’ll go back to her old schedule? Yesterday I was on the same bus as Occupational Therapy Guy coming and going but the bus was so crowded I didn’t get a gander at his latest project. On the ride home last night some idiot cut off the bus and the bus driver slammed on the breaks in an effort to not rear end the car which caused the bus to lurch and I was flown into the back of the seat in front of me. Luckily no one was hurt. You have to wonder what these people are thinking when they cut off buses and trucks. Is it so important they save a few minutes that they put themselves and others in danger? The funny part is that when I see a car weaving and bobbing through traffic to get ahead of me, I usually end up right beside them or behind them at the next light so what time have they really saved?

The reviewing stands are still up along Pennsylvania Avenue and the Capital is still decked out in its Inaugural finery which gives the city a festive air. With the arrival of a new president and administration you can feel the pulse of the city is more charged. Now if they can only get rid of that stupid red school house with “No child left behind” sign ( written in a childish scrawl as if it was on a blackboard which makes it even more annoying) in front of the Dept. of Education building my happiness will be complete!

Yesterday some streets were closed when the new Prez visited the State Dept. to introduce his new madam secretary of awesome but it didn’t wrangle up traffic too much.

This morning the disgruntled commuter (DC) had an uneventful ride to the commuter bus parking lot. In the mornings I listen to classical music as I find it to be a peaceful and relaxing way to start the day. I heard a beautiful waltz written by the “Waltz King” Johan Strauss.

I know Strauss is the waltz king because they still taught music appreciation when I went to school. When I arrived the bus was already in the lot so I had to scurry to make it. It was quite full so I had to share a seat with someone who was listening to her IPOD. The volume was quite high on her IPOD and I could hear the rap music she was listening to. The DC is not a fan of rap music so I put on my own IPOD and listened to Elton John’s classic album (The DC is a child of the 70s and prefers the term album to CD or Mp3 or whatever else techno crap term they are calling music compilations these days) Goodbye Yellow Book Road. Elton John may be a foppish clown now but in the 70s his music was cutting edge rock. Many a night the DC drifted off to sleep while listening to GBYBR, Madman Across the Water, Tumbleweed Connection, Don’t Shoot I’m Only the Piano Player and Honky Chateau. Elton penned a mean ballad too which sent my adolescent heart a flutter when I heard songs like: Harmony, Tiny Dancer, Your Song and Daniel. But I digress. Towards the end of my bus ride as we neared a stop a car cut off the bus. The bus came to a jolting halt and a woman fell down in the center aisle. The DC and other concerned passengers made sure she wasn’t hurt. I’m not sure the bus driver even noticed the woman fell as he was busily chatting with the bus driver groupies up in the front. The DC then noticed that Well Groomed was a passenger when she exited the bus. She was wearing a lovely brown jacket and pants ensemble. When I got to the metro naturally the escalator wasn’t working. Grrr.

The ride home was uneventful. All the metro escalators were working! Yay! The bus arrived shortly after I got to the stop. I listened Mozart on my ipod and snoozed. As I was getting off the bus I noticed Jaunty! She was wearing a one piece white jumper with blue and red circles on it. She actually semi-smiled at me!