Tuesday, March 04, 2008

Getting Used to the New Commute

I've been living in my house for a touch over a week now, and I think I've gotten the hang of my new commute to work. Well, only part of it is new, as it's a strict superset of my old commute. I miss being able to get to work in 5-10 minutes; I lived close enough to the office that sometimes I'd go home to eat lunch. Now my commute takes a half hour, so I have to wake up a bit earlier and get home a bit later. It's definitely got me thinking about the 15 mile per gallon truck I drive and how I can spend less money on gas (or eliminate gas from the equation entirely).

One aspect of my new commute that's quite different from my old one are the people selling newspapers on the street. Now when you hear this you're probably thinking of the paper-boys of old who stood on the sidewalks yelling Extra! Extra! But you'd be wrong. It's more like the shopkeepers who peddle their wares between lanes of traffic on the Mexican side of the Tijuana/San Ysidro border. They walk between lanes of traffic when the lights are red, waving at people in their cars and shaking their hands while trying to sell newspapers. Then when the light turns green they scurry back to the medians and sides of the road to avoid being run over by the oncoming traffic. Every day I see them, and every day I wonder how it is that they don't get run over. Just the fact that there's so many of them around selling papers in such dangerous locations as the middle of busy intersections tells me they must get hit sometimes. I've also wondered how it's even legal to walk around in the middle of the road, but it must at least be de facto legal since they sell at busy intersections where there's bound to be police. Do people do this elsewhere in the country, or is it exclusive to north San Diego County?


Blogger Arthaey Angosii said...

Huh, that's pretty ballsy of them. I've never seen that in Seattle, and during rush hour the streets of downtown do get pretty gridlocked. We just have your average assortment of beggars on the busy intersection corners.

3/05/2008 12:17 AM  
Blogger Aaron *@ said...

It's incredibly ballsy, especially around 8:00 am when traffic is thick and people are driving like maniacs. They really need to synchronize the traffic lights in some places; it'd do a lot to help. Almost no beggars though; I've often been surprised at how few people live on the street in Vista. I think I'd lived there for about three months before I saw one person who did.

3/06/2008 9:56 PM  

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