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For the past month or so, I’ve been engaged in a sort of self-inflicted blogging sabbatical. It all started when I was completely internet-less for about two weeks in early January.

Let me first explain to you that I’m not your everyday Facebook obsessed 21 year old college student who checks his twitter feed every five seconds. I pride myself on striving to lead a balanced social, spiritual, secular, and fun filled life. I’m far to busy to sit on my computer all day, and I even refuse to open a Facebook account (imagine!!! ).  So in theory that relatively short period of wifi-less isolation shouldn’t have presented that terrifying of a challenge right?

Wrong. You see, I’m convinced that my generation has an emotional connection to the internet. I’m sure lots of people will disagree with me, at least in my age bracket but!!! I really think its true. The thought of not being connected to the outside world seriously gave me a strange sense of emotion that I really couldn’t pinpoint completely. It was somewhere between anxiety and discomfort. . . which i must say scared me to death!!! AND! Judging by the online behavior manifest by most in this tech-controlled world, I assume that most would face similar symptoms if placed in my position. Mind you, my opinion means next to nothing. . .

However!!!! Contemplating all of this the first couple days of this digital confinement, I began to realize something.

It wasn’t that bad! In fact, I found that despite not having access to the internet’s productive tools, I actually became more productive! By the end of the two weeks I actually felt an almost eerie sense of freeness.

I came to the conclusion that if I limited my internet access when in the real world, in theory my productivity would increase as a result. This is the long and possibly ridiculous explanation for my absence on this blog. I haven’t left. . . I’ve just decided to only post when I have something that I really really really want to share with you.

Up until now, I didn’t.  So therefore . . .I didn’t.

photo by bradley sorenson

I took the bus today

I live in El Paso TX, a car town.  Here, the fastest way to get from east to west or north to central is via car, hands down.  The only transit system is the bus, something that frankly, most people here are terrified of.  Most people who take the bus, do so because they have to.  People who fall under the “masses that want to and can afford to be green” category that the green marketing machines are targeting are usually well off enough to own a car, do own a car, and would never fathom taking the bus.  I’ve heard story after study about how slow, terrible, and inefficient the bus system here is.

So today. . . my last class to interpret for at work was cancelled, leaving me with a thought. . .  “I don’t yet have a ride home today. . . .why don’t I take the bus!”  And so, putting my fears aside, and striving to step forward from the masses, I googled the Sun Metro schedule, walked to a stop, and boarded my first El Pasoan bus.

The verdict? . . . why haven’t I done this before?!  For 75 cents a 40 min (in traffic) car ride to my house took an hour and twenty min. including transfer time.  The bus was clean and the people were friendly.  When I was confused, the drivers came to my rescue.  Sure going by car is twice as fast ha ha.  However if you have the time, its a cheaper, greener, and a local economy boosting means of getting around.  Another thing I found out was Utep students make up a huge number of passengers who came to to this conclusion a long time ago.

I’m not saying to sell your car.  Realistically, most households that don’t live in a big city need to own one. However! Wherever you are, take advantage of whatever transit is in your community!  My hope is that places like El Paso that have a less than par mass transit system will face an increase in demand. An increase that will in turn eventually lead to things like actual metros and bike lanes instead of desert landscaping! and who knows maybe this will spur North America as a whole to catch up with Europe and Asia’s genius railways and such!  eh? eh!