Thursday, February 09, 2006

On the road again: A Preface


I've been thinking about starting another mini-series. This one is about my drive to and from work.

The picture above shows you the distance between home and work. The green dot is work, the red dot is home. Google Maps says that the distance is 21.1 km. The blue line is the shortest distance to work. I actually don't take that route because it takes longer to get to work than if I take another, more round-about way, go figure. Travel time can be anywhere from 35 mins to over an hour. After being an undergraduate student at UBC for seven years, I've pretty much figured out the fastest way to get there.

A couple of things to point out:
  • You are looking at pretty much the entire city of Vancouver. I actually live in a city called Burnaby, which is directly east of Vancouver.
  • UBC is as far west as you can go in Vancouver. Just about any route you take west will eventually lead you there. Meaning that my routes can (and do) vary.
Why start another mini-series, you ask? Well, as you can see, I drive more or less in a straight line, and being on the road for 35 mins to an hour, gets pretty mundane, especially since I've been doing it for a total of almost eight years. So I tend to think. A lot. And observe a lot as well.

Really, there are a lot of things rattling around in my brain, and I want to let them loose. I'm restricting my thoughts, feelings and observations to anything that happens, things that I see, or any thought that pops into my head in relation only to the drive in and out, so there won't be too many postings, I think. But I already have three in mind, and it's time for them to spill out...

1 comment:

Ms.Smarties said...

My husband feels for you. He lived in North Van and went to UBC. He is currently bitching about the fact that there are no highways in Vancouver! If there were highways, it wouldn't take so long to get from A to B.