To get to my office and lab from my apartment, I take a series of two shuttles. It’s often very frustrating, because it takes 3-4 times longer to take the shuttles than to just drive, but unfortunately (or fortunately), parking is insane, so I only drive on days when I MUST have my vehicle with me immediately after I leave the lab. Ordinarily I don’t mind the shuttle ride – I have a smart phone (android), and my google reader is linked – I use the time to catch up on my reading. But there is one thing which drives me insane.
The shuttles all have timepoints they have to keep. They leave certain stops at certain times. This is really helpful for figuring out when to leave your apartment or lab and get to the bus stop, so as to avoid waiting aimlessly outside for 10-30 minutes (depending on what time of day it is). But the thing is, the shuttle drivers like to leave early, and I am sometimes running a bit late. Usually it’s fine, as I try to be somewhere 3-5 minutes early anyway, but I’m not perfect, and at least one day a week, I find myself rushing to get to the next bus. The frustrating part comes when I’m walking towards the bus stop, the bus is sitting there, the driver sees me walking quickly towards the bus, staring at it, and then shuts the doors and drives away when I’m less than 15 feet away from the thing. I must be sending the wrong nonverbal cues.
Obviously this does not send the bus driver the right message, to please wait an additional 10 seconds (literally) for me to get on the shuttle. I often can’t run, because it is too painful for my joints, and/or I’m carrying way too much stuff to run without dropping things, and I know that’s a universal signal for “WAIT I’M COMING”. But alas, after that, I’m out. What are your tricks for convincing the bus driver not to shut the doors in your face and drive off? Especially if your hands are super full and you can’t wave? Because obviously my bee-line for the bus with an intense look on my face, staring them down, is not sufficient to communicate my needs… Oh non-verbal communication, how you confuse me.