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Saturday, February 27, 2010

Take the 66

To get from my home to the nearest subway station, there are two relatively direct buses.

The first is the 392. It makes a beeline from my front gate to the station's underground garage. It seems like the obvious choice.

But it's nearly always standing-room-only, and it only comes once every 15-20 minutes.

The 66, on the other hand, meanders gently toward the station, wandering into out-of-the-way neighborhoods to pick up passengers. It takes about 10 minutes longer to reach the station than does the 392.

On the other hand, there's almost always a seat available, and it departs at about 10 minute intervals.

Which one would you take?

I routinely take the 66. It's less stressful (and, with its frequent departures, the timing probably evens out).

Lesson: the direct route may not always be the best route.

So take the scenic route. Relax. Be comfortable. And you may even get there on time.

But for sure, you'll be happier.

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