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  • #16
    KateyKakes, I just thought of something that might apply to you.
    In our big medical city we have a lot of parking garages and decks for people to park in. You have to pay $5.00 to park, BUT if you bring your ticket that you get upon entering the parking deck, the doctors office will validate it and when we leave the deck, we give the ticket to the parking deck attendant and they just open the gates and let us out.. for free.
    Now, I realize we live at opposite ends of the world, but you might check with your doctors office and see if they do that.
    In valor there is hope - Tacitus

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    • #17
      Shorty,

      At the hospital here in my town, that's exactly how it works. I never have to pay for parking when I have a doctor's appt.

      In Philadelphia, however, it's a different story. For the hospital I was at yesterday, it was $5 for the first hour to park, $10 for the second, and $15 for 3+ hours.

      I remember when my nephew was in Children's Hosp of Phil. (CHOP) for a brain tumor. I was there everyday to see him, and parking was ungodly. I didn't want to go through that again.

      When I go back downtown this week, I'll either take Rumbler up on his offer, or just do the public transportation thing again. I'm just not used to using it, so it was an adventure for me, but it really wasn't that bad.

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      • #18
        I took the public transportation for the first time ever 1 month ago. Only cause i ran away from home and had no vehicle. I am 31 and i was scared to death. But the feeling after completing my mission was awesome. One more hurdle in my life overcame. I was so proud of myself.
        "To each his own"

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        • #19
          Katey,

          Best Wishes with your surgery--hope for a speedy recovery!

          I take the Coaster (train) from Oside to San Diego every once in awhile and have had no trouble. Heck, the train goes faster than the cars on the freeway. Our bus system isn't so bad either and they both are extremely cheap even with monthly passes!

          Here in Southern California, public transportaion is becoming a must!

          Shorty,

          I used to do the same thing with the Metro when I was stationed in Quantico Va. We used to take the Amtrak to Union station, connect with the Metro downstairs, and head to the Pentagon City stop. It was awesome for sightseeeing as well. NEVER did have a problem at all.
          "Life breaks us all and afterwards some are strong at the broken places."
          --Ernest Hemingway, A Farewell to Arms

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          • #20
            Howdy to y'all!!

            Just got back from a part of the world where the public transportation is camel, and the air conditioning isn't all that great. All that compliments of my good uncle....Sam. Forgot how good of a therapy y'all are, just reading about public transportation woes cracked me up the way a couple of you write...eeesh!
            Good to be back, glad to see everyone is doing mostly well.
            Kakes, you better do well on the surgery and make a great recovery and all. You are one of the main reasons I read on this site!!

            Peace
            American by Birth, Aggie By Choice, TEXAN by the grace of God...

            "It's not the size of the dog in the fight, what matters is the size of the fight in the dog."

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            • #21
              KK!

              I didn't know you were having surgery. My gosh girl....I hope everything goes well and I'll say a little prayer for ya.

              About public transportation. Hate it. But, it's very convenient if you don't feel like driving in the big city. Where I live now, there really isn't any public transportation. But, when I lived in Mass, we'd occasionally go to Boston to see shows or go to Fanieul Hall Marketplace. Definitely took the Blue line in from Revere. If you can stand the smell of pee, you'll be o.k. blech. Other than that, I really haven't had any dislikes. But, I'd much rather my husband do the driving so we can take our own car into town.

              I won't touch hand railings or anything. If I have to, I will wash my hands about 3 times. I'm very anal about that stuff in such a public area.

              Whatever is best for everyone, that's my motto.

              Best of luck to you!!!! [Wink]
              "It is easier for a king to have a lie believed than a beggar to spread the truth."---Robert Strecker

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              • #22
                Whenever I'm in the DC area, I always use the Metro. I wish Baltimore had such a great public transporation system (I wish Metro would extend up this way, to be honest).

                Shorty: Metro has started updating its decor.

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                • #23
                  quote:
                  Originally posted by huff317:
                  Kakes, you better do well on the surgery and make a great recovery and all. You are one of the main reasons I read on this site!!
                  Peace

                  huff,

                  You just made my day. Thank you so much for putting a huge smile on my face. You're a gem.

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