When I first landed up in the US close to 8 months back, I was pretty much in alien land…they drove on the wrong side (or the right side as some one wont to punning might add), they deal in miles, and it was frigging cold, colder than any other place I had lived in! Slowly I clawed my way with ample help from mhmehkri and arvindjoshi and started using public transport. There was a direct bus from home to office, but it wasn’t there during weekends which ensured that I was pretty much holed up inside home with nowhere to go.
Around Thanksgiving (November last weekend here) I took out the rental car that the company provided for 30 days and felt my way around the place. Still I continued using the bus to get to work. Close to end of Dec, my 30 days were up and I had to return the car. After close to one month of hunting, I bought my 8 year old Accord, around mid Jan. Still I continued taking the bus for a few weeks after that.
Then, changes happened, they restricted the direct bus to some distance away from home and I got a bit lazy getting up and then I started gymming regularly. End result was that I was driving to office every day before I knew it!
Well, then further changes happened, like sky-rocketing gas prices which make me feel guilty every time I drive to work and a slight change in timings which means that I can get onto my older route from a bus which comes near my place and reach office in less than a 1/2 hour.
So now, with me cutting down on gymming to 3 days a week from 4 days am going to be using the bus twice a week, reducing emissions by 40% per week. I guess if the bus service improves here, might switch to the bus totally except on days when I need to buy stuff on the way back. Wishing for better public transport!