If I want to be rich, I gotta get out of the bus life.
I am just another 9-5 worker that you’ll see everywhere on street. Today was a special sunny day when I got off work a bit early than normal for a seminar in the city. When checking the bus schedule, a once-in-a-life-time bus was coming within 3 minutes, so I thought, why not take that bus to save the walking for the day. And so I boarded.
Right after I set foot on the bus, the bus driver shut the door and started driving. There was a person in front of me taking his time to pay. When the guy finally finished his payment, I tapped my compass card only to find “Not Sufficient Fund” popping in my face.
The bus was already moving and I told the bus driver about my card. The driver said “you were on my bus yesterday, weren’t you?”
“You were on my bus yesterday, using the same trick everyday huh?”. He repeated with that accent of his.
“No I wasn’t” I replied.
“Yes you were”. He said.
“No, fuck you! This is the first time ever that I ran out of fund on compass.” I said in my head
“Well if you want, I can just get off now”. I replied instead.
He then mumbled something which I think was “get to the back” or something like that. He was gonna let me go.
Cut the crap and stop pretending to be nice; As if anyone could stand with those false statements of his. By the next stop, he opened the front door and I step off. Looking back, I probably should have asked him where I got off yesterday, but I’m not sure if he’s worth my time. Another looking back, I could’ve totally paid with VISA if I thought of it sooner. Guh
Having everything said, this whole thing was my own fault for not reloading my bus pass. I am gratified to the driver who drove me one stop for free and at least saved me one stop of walking. Thanks to him, I’ve also learned a few things from this experience:
1. Only the poors commute by buses. There are a lot of people who either don’t wanna pay or just don’t have the money for the fare. I mean, someone else didn’t pay yesterday based on what the driver said. On top of that the fare is like $2 something, so even with those who paid are mostly are middle-class or below. Thus, I am basically surrounded by lower-income group of people, if not with drugs, during the whole bus ride!
Come to think of it, I don’t recall seeing millionaires ride buses. They ride trains, they drive themselves sometimes but never bus. Well, bus gotta get go eventually.
2. Bus drivers are poorly trained to deal with customers because they are not really paid enough for it. Making false assumptions is one thing that happens everywhere even on the internet, so it’s not really tied it to the driver. I guess I only get what I paid for.
3. It causes distractions and ruins my mood for the next appointment. I could barely focus on my seminar for what had happened. I didn’t wanna talk or network. My mind was stuck on that bus. The seminar was good though. One of the presenters is not very experienced, but the other one did an awesome job answering all the questions from the picky audience. It was only me that wasn’t at the fullest.
➡ Setup a monthly reload habit & stay busing.
The root cause was that I wasn’t keeping an eye on the balance. Otherwise, it was not too bad and takes me roughly 1 hour between all that bus transfers.
➡ Get a bike. ⭐
I feel this might be the best option for me. It takes me about 40 minutes to bike base on Google Map. I need to find a way to convince the household that it’s safe and that I can bring one home.
➡ Get a car.
It takes me 20~40 minutes depending on the traffic. The main concern for me is that I feel insecure when I’m not around the car. I always feel like somebody might accidentally cause harm to it when I’m not looking. Not to mention the oil price and insurance too. Still should be cheaper than buses if we take the time into consideration in my case.
➡ Be like Dan
Have a designated driver. Ride in a limousine to boost confidence. I don’t think I have reached that financial status yet.
➡ Move closer to the company and just walk. ⭐
Need more fund on this one. Hopefully can achieve so by the end of this year with all the movings.
If you snooze, you lose. Don’t overestimate what you can accomplish in a year, and don’t underestimate what you can accomplish in a decade. How you do anything is how you do everything. So don’t ever slack. Live large!