Comic and Rant: July 27, 2009

Stupid.  Site.  Damn it.




Monday, July 27, 2009:  Calgary’s Transit System is Probably the Devil

I’m not sure what it is about buses in Calgary.  I honestly didn’t think anyone would be able to top the forty-minutes-by-bus, ten-minutes-by-car antics of the public bus to Trent University, and I’m still not entirely convinced anyone has…but there’s still a distinct possibility that the transit system here is genuinely evil.

Scenario A:  My friend and I needed to catch a bus that would take us to another bus that would, in its turn,  take us to a play rehearsal.  The first bus was three minutes late and ended up stuck in traffic for a further three minutes, making us two minutes late for our connection.  Since the next bus would not be turning up for half an hour, we decided to take the twenty-five-minute walk to the venue.  We found ourselves strolling through a completely empty industrial wasteland.  If we had caught the bus, we would have been ferried in eerie silence from abandoned stop to abandoned stop.  There were no people.  We did glimpse some briefly on a golf course, but the golf course seemed separate from the strange limbo into which we had been propelled.

Admittedly, the landscape was not exactly the bus`s fault.  There was also, however…

Scenario B:  The same friend and I had to visit a certain costume shop.  We had a choice of catching a bus that would take us right there and catching the C-Train, then transferring to that bus.  We picked option A and arrived at the bus stop just as the bus was pulling away (again, it ran every half hour).  We then walked for fifteen minutes to get to the C-Train station, got ahead of the bus, got off the C-Train, and ran frantically around looking for a bus stop, which we did not find.  The bus passed us.  A ten-minute walk later, we found a stop.  (We arrived at the store to find that it had been closed for half an hour, but that`s a different story.)

My friend has learned that uttering the words, “This plan is foolproof; nothing could possibly go wrong” in relation to Calgary buses is a really bad idea.  I have learned that there is a form of transporation more frustrating than the Bathurst streetcar.

12 thoughts on “Comic and Rant: July 27, 2009

  1. Casey is not rational? or Casey is not a human being?

    p.s. I love how you post late the night before. it means I don’t have to wait until after I wake up for all my monday morning comics.

  2. I thought the comic posting time was because Kari live in Twilight zone time.

    Blah more crying.

  3. Why is it that the frequency of buses in a city in north america is inversely proportional to how cold it is?

  4. If the Calgary bus system = the devil and the devil = Casey, then it follows that the Calgary bus system = Casey.

    Casey! Noooooooo!

  5. Re. the crying: think of it this way: though this conversation has lasted for weeks in real time, it has lasted for maybe two minutes in comic-strip time. There hasn’t been that much crying; it’s just been stretched out, Mary Worth style. Oh God…I just compared my comic to Mary Worth. Heeeeeeeeelllllllp meeeeeeee…

  6. It’s ok, Kari. Your comic won’t be anything like Mary Worth until you have the characters repeat essentially the same thing every day, only moving the plot forward during the color comic, because some people only get the Sunday funnies and would miss out otherwise.

  7. Maybe Kenneth could take on the Mary Worth role. People could constantly be dropping into the porter’s lodge and presenting him with moral dilemmas, and he could tell them all to stop being bloody idiots and go the hell away.

    On second thought, perhaps that wouldn’t work so well.

  8. Re: Earthgirl

    I guess that would make Kari’s work the opposite of Mary Worth, because most plot movements happen in the black and white weekday comics while the color comics are often(though not always) unrelated to the current story arch.

  9. Rin: I guess it’s kind of FOOBerific in that way.

    Kari: Could you please make Kenneth-as-Mary Worth into a two week story arc? Because that would be amazing.

    Also, please don’t kill me for comparing WoB to FOOB.

  10. This post just to say that it’s early night for me, and that it’s hot enough here that I feel like I’m melting. I walked into the refrigerator at work and was unable to think, it was so wonderful.

  11. Also, I can’t think. Which is why I didn’t mention that the comic updates fairly early in the night for me. I’ll stop being crazy (or at least be crazy elsewhere) now.

  12. The comic updates late in the day for me, morning if I’m lucky. Guess that’s what comes from living on the other side of the world.

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