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[personal profile] scrottie got back into town this morning, after an interesting series of transit adventures. To back up: he's been out at his boat, moored in the Sacramento River Delta, for a couple of weeks. Here's a run-down of various transportation options for getting between there and here:

-Drive: It's about a 12-hour drive if you do it as directly as possible, and that would send you along an extremely busy transportation corridor including the huge mess known as Los Angeles. You would also need to own a car or sort out a one-way rental.

-Fly: You would need to get to an airport. There are some buses out in the Sac River Delta, but they run on a fairly sporadic schedule, so it will take a couple of hours to reach an airport. You would also have to pack things in such a fashion as to not upset airport security, be okay with the carbon emissions associated with flying, and have the sort of charming persona that more easily lends itself to slipping in quietly (=white, nondescript pleasant female).

-Greyhound: Well, this is America, so most of the people who ride the bus are people who lack other means for getting around. Buses would probably be fine if it weren't for the passenger culture. Because the route passes through the Central Valley and between the Bay Area and Los Angeles, things can get rough.

-Amtrak: Almost works. The San Joaquin train goes past Antioch and runs down to Bakersfield, where there are bus connections over to Union Station in downtown Los Angeles. The Texas Eagle now only runs 3 days a week, and gets within 25 miles of Phoenix without actually stopping in Phoenix. Alternatively, the Southwest Chief connects up to Flagstaff. Then there are more Throughway buses to reach the Phoenix airport. Also I would note that the San Joaquin train can get almost as interesting as Greyhound, but with the advantages that if things start to escalate it's easier to move somewhere else in the train, and that there are conductors on board who can monitor and intervene directly (in theory).

So S wound up taking a rideshare service to the Antioch train station, the San Joaquin train, the bus, then the Texas Eagle, then the bus, then the light rail. And that was his third attempt: a freight trail derailment delayed his original departure, and then rideshare failure delayed his second departure. The rideshare portion still sounds like the most unpleasant part.

But I'm so glad to have him back. Last week I was chatting with a friend about S's whereabouts and what it has been like to move back out here, and we got to talking about relationship dynamics where partners in a relationship need unconventional space arrangements in order to sustain a healthy relationship. It was a good reminder that I'm not the only one. After the nonstop people time in California, I was feeling like I really needed some quiet alone time to decompress, and I know S has been feeling similarly (to an even larger extent than me). And while the quiet has been good, it then becomes even nicer when S and I are reunited because I feel like I can be more fully present.

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