Changing jobs is hard enough. New faces. New duties. New rules. Tack on a whole new lifestyle? Shock.
|My brilliant photographer husband took this photo of
Minneapolis when he was working Downtown
You see, I have had a cozy job in the suburbs for the last decade. I could see Downtown off in the distance, but it was a life I had no idea about other than random trips to MN Twins games and the plethora of concerts I attend every year. I could get in my car and drive off on a moment’s notice. I could easily schedule doctor’s appointments, Weight Watchers & Medifast weigh ins and probably my favorite part: shop at the mall. Those who grew up in the burbs, you get my fascination and love for malls.
Starting a new job in Downtown Minneapolis has been a bit of a culture shock for me. I take the bus nearly every day which I find… interesting. There is definitely a set of rules to be followed:
- You can sit where you want, but always move in towards the window so others don’t have to climb over you and so everyone can have a seat as the bus starts getting full.
- Ladies first. Most of the professional men I bus with will give up their place in line to get on the bus and even there seat if it means giving one to a lady.
- Keep your shit out of the isle. It’s a violation and the bus driver will stop the bus and make you move your crap before he starts going again.
- Don’t talk to strangers. It’s weird, but unless you are long time co-workers or friends, nobody talks on the bus.
- Breath mints or gum people. Please spare your neighbors on the bus by having good hygiene.
- Probably the #1 rule: have your bus fare/bus card ready. Nothing pisses off a crabby bus of commuters than the unorganized fool holding everyone up.
- Only a handful of people jaywalk. It is against the law and you can get a ticket. Why is it that people refuse to wait the extra minute for the sign to change to cross the dumb street?!
- The majority of people walk around with ear buds/headphones on. Not only do they wear them on the bus, but they wear them virtually everywhere while walking around.
- Some people are genuinely rude. They will walk right the hell into you if you get in their way with zero apology.
- Many sleep on the bus. Like full on, head-bobbin nap time. It’s very tempting.
- Don’t make any assumptions– give something a try before you rule it out. I never thought in a million years I would prefer the bus to the comfort of my car, but I do. I love my 30 minutes of relaxation. I love whizzing by the bumper to bumper traffic. I love catching up on Facebook, Twitter, and all my With Friends games with zero distraction. I love listening to my workout music to get me pumped up for the evening exercise yet to come. I’m so glad I gave it a shot.
- Buy comfortable shoes! I think the reasons are obvious but Downtown is no place for uncomfortable shoes.
Taking this job was a decision that was way outside the box for me. I am proud that I made this choice! I am really loving my new job and my company so far and hope that I will continue to feel that way five, even ten years from now.