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Health and Public Transit

Sometimes a bike does not cut it.

Sometimes a bike does not cut it.

I take the bus to the university every day and again at night to come home. Until recently I always knew to be careful of germs on the bus but it was not until this week that I become hypersensitive to the issue because I have been sick.

I do not want to spread the cold that I have, particularly today where I have been coughing quite a bit. As a person who likes systems and reasoning I have figure that I would use my left hand for covering my mouth when I cough and then use my right hand for interacting with public surfaces such bus rails and door handles. I have been coupling this with always washing my hands after taking the bus, arriving at a building and generally whenever a sink is available.

On the bus I have tried my best to not touch anything in particular the handles to hold onto while standing and the backs of seats for getting up or walking down the aisle. At first it was because I was sick but now that I started paying attention to these surfaces I don’t think I will hold onto them without washing my hands shortly after. Maybe I am turning into a germaphobe but if I can I use my forearm to stabilize myself instead of grabbing a questionable piece of metal.

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Head Cold

Rain in Santa Babara is brief and leaves a heavy feeling in the air.

Rain in Santa Babara is brief and leaves a heavy feeling in the air.

I woke up this morning with a head cold.

Then I had to go to a health and safety seminar, the first thing they talked about was the recent outbreaks of H1N1. They warned us to avoid enclosed public areas like busses and elevators. As we sat packed in a lecture hall.

Then it started to rain on the way home. Rain and a cold, the perfect way to start the first day of classes tomorrow.

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See that snow on the ground? It appears I am not built for the cold.

See that snow on the ground? It appears I am not built for the cold.

It was cold there.

A bit of introspection while braving the chilling winds was that I do not in fact like the cold. Especially cold involving wind and me cursing heavily as I shuffle towards a warm inviting building.

The program had a lot of focus on satellite based research with a focus on the solar winds and the magnetic fields of the sun, earth and the rest. For some reason I was not fully interested in the research the same way I have been for other universities.

Aside from the University the town and local did not inspire me for photography or just general living. It was nice and all it just did not have the right feel for me. I also did not like the architecture.

Did I mention that it was cold?

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