Sunday, February 28, 2010

Riding The Midnight Bus

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This is a Big post. Not really a lot of places that are withing walking distance of each other. We are fortunate to have our own truck, but the majority of the people here on COB Adder get around via one of the many buses that constantly make their way around the base.

I had to ride the bus for about 2 weeks when I first got here. I didn't really mind too much though. It was actually a great way to learn my way around the place. Have you ever had those quick tours in a car, where the dude who's been here for 6 months is showing you all the important places? lol, you don't remember a darn thing the next day. To make it even better, they gave me a map of the base that was most definitely NOT to scale. I only got lost 4 or 5 times before I began to figure out what some of the street names were ... and more importantly which bus route took me to work, the chow hall, and my CHU.

For the most part, the buses are driven by TCNs (Third Country Nationals), although there are also a few American drivers. They've always been really nice the times that I have ridden. I do have one sort of funny observation about the buses here at Tallil though ... they don't seem to run on any sort of a set schedule. I'm not complaining at all. I've never actually heard of anybody waiting more than maybe 15 or 20 minutes for their bus to come. What can seem a little frustrating from time to time though, is when you wait that 20 minutes, and then it's not just 1 bus that shows up, but 3 or 4 of them, one right after the other. I think there should be some sort of a "5 minute interval" rule or something ... if two buses get to a stop at the same time, the trailing bus should have to wait 5 minutes before proceeding.

But hey, it's all minor ... at least we have buses.

todd

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