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Penny Wise, Pound Foolish

June 28th, 2010 at 08:17 am

I love these little father/son articles:

Isaac Learns the Meaning of Penny-Wise

[url]http://online.wsj.com/article/SB127759276673110965.html...

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I've personally ridden the Greyhound to save money. Not half way across the country. I'd do it again, (particularly if broke), but do remember a particularly uncomfortable bus ride from Tennessee to New JErsey. Much of the trip we had extra seats to ourselves and we were quite comfortable, but for the overnight stretch we ended up in a packed bus with unsavory characters. Not only that, but they were very large and I couldn't sit with my friends. We got separated and I got sandwhiched between a bunch of extra tall characters (legs, everywhere. Not so much girth).

Taking the bus from New York to Boston, was quite pelasant, in comparison. They even showed a movie. But both these trips involved more airfare than bus fare. Phew! I think I would too take from the experience that anything more than 12 hours requires a train or a plane ride, if I had the money! For my TN to NJ ride, can't say I had any money. So it was okay. Wink

7 Responses to “Penny Wise, Pound Foolish”

  1. Joan.of.the.Arch Says:

    Just from that single article, I think I would like to know that family. I'll have to check out their other articles. Thanks. Smile

  2. monkeymama Says:

    They do a lot of thought provoking articles. I probably have missed quite a few - I just catch them in the paper once in a while.

  3. Tabs Says:

    I took the bus from North Carolina to New Jersey when I going to Atlantic City for vacation.

    I will never do that again. Big Grin

    First of all, it was quite uncomfortable. Maybe it wouldn't be so bad if the trip was shorter, but it took like 14 hours total!

    Secondly, people not in the New England area do not respect buses. The buses are dirty and people are obnoxious.

    Worse yet, I learned the hard way that if I am not driving, I get sick very easily.

    But the worst part is, I actually don't think I saved that much money at all. The bus ticket seemed only comparable in cost to driving. It'd be great if I enjoyed the experience and didn't have to drive, but I didn't.

  4. monkeymama Says:

    BA - I would never choose public transportation over driving my own vehicle. I agree - the bus/train costs are absurd, when you already own a car.

    Was that recently? I last rode Greyhound when I Was around age 21. My take today may be different. Big Grin

  5. Tabs Says:

    Yeah, that was last year.

    I will say this much though. From DC on up, the bus rides were very pleasant. I suppose it's because I was in a more urban environment where I'm guessing public transportation is much more prevalent and accepted.

    Otherwise, no more being stuck in a large tin can with a bunch of drunk weirdos making strange looks at me 2am in the morning.

  6. boomeyers Says:

    Sounds like Issac saw some interesting things along the way that should'nt be missed!

  7. Looking Forward Says:

    I took Greyhound from South Lake Tahoe to Santa Rosa when I was 20 and dating DH. The price of gas had shot up (although much cheaper than now) so it was less expensive to take the bus. I think it took 11 hours; over twice as long as driving. Changed buses in San Fran and drove thru Oakland twice. HaHa, not a very direct route. The bus was clean and the people on the bus weren't 'too strange'. I think once is enough, I have not taken a bus since. Smile On the bus I struck up a lengthy conversation with an older man traveling to the same city. About three years later I found out that same man was close friends with the family who ran the home daycare where DD was! Small world.

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