Public Transportation And Its Effects On The United States

841 WordsSep 23, 20154 Pages
The early morning drizzle was constant, threatening to become actual rain. Della stood on the corner, her blonde hair gradually becoming heavy with droplets, guaranteeing a day of bad frizz. She’d been praying for rain for months, despairing over the ravages of the extended drought in Northern California, worrying about what it meant for the future, and yet she felt irritated that the rain had chosen to come today, the day she had to take public transportation. She had never liked public transportation; it was too… public. It presented too much opportunity for unpredictability, requiring her to share personal space with strangers. This was a challenge for Della, who could be fairly described as either profoundly introverted, or just plain antisocial, depending on who was doing the describing. When she was a kid, the school bus—her first foray into public transportation—had been a social mine field, a place to keep her head down and her mouth shut, lest she become a target for the ubiquitous bullies looming in the back. If possible, she’d sit right behind the driver, engage him or her in conversation. The proximity to an adult and the appearance of relationship, however flimsy, seemed to provide some kind of amnesty, a temporary buffer until she could get off the bus and make a beeline for the classroom and her teacher’s protection. Later, when she went to college in San Francisco, she’d daily suffered through crowded bus and train rides to and from school and/or
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