Two things I want to remember, if I ever go back and look at these posts in the future:
1. the receptionist at my doctor's office told me she'd "let me slide this time, but next time I'd have to have insurance if I wanted to see the doctor," in spite of the fact that I was paying in cash, in full. She told me I could blame Obama.
2. The Rhode Island Public Transit Authority (RIPTA) has changed up some of the bus routes. What that means for me, and for a number of people who work in the industrial park where I work, is that the bus will no longer service the industrial park. The line will now end at WalMart, about a mile away. There's an irony in taking people to a place where they can spend their money, and cutting off service to the place where they earn the money to spend.
The one mile stretch of road is a four lane highway with few street lights, that junctions with an interstate. There's no sidewalk on the side of the highway where the industrial park is. And they're cutting this service in January, which means it will be dark at closing time, and if there's snow on the ground, plow piles will force pedestrians into the street.
Meanwhile, RIPTA has partnered with RIDOT (Dept of Transportation) to expand their "Beat Traffic, Try Transit" program, wherein people who use park-and-rides, and take the bus into the city, will receive half-price fares until June. I wondered on Twitter how they could make this offer with a straight face while cutting service to existing customers. RIPTA replied that they "aren't cutting service, we're redistributing it." I pointed out to RIPTA that they "redistributed" our access to work (and a medical center and senior/disabled housing, too), clean out of existence. No response to that so far.
But today was pretty uneventful. I went to work, came home, had dinner. Watching Ripper Street and I'll probably turn in early.
Our image for today: Niagara Falls, frozen. Amazing.
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