I pretty much depend on public transportation, since I don’t drive. Metro Rail is OK most of the time, if you’re going downtown or to Pasadena. I mostly like it 'cause the Green Line begins/ends a couple of blocks from my house. The buses get you where you need to go, if you’re patient. I always bring my iPod and a magazine or book, 'cause I’m not really into striking up conversations with people on the bus.
That said, I would like to reserve some special hatred for the bus line I am forced to take on a daily basis, the 266 southbound on Rosemead Blvd. The northbound part seems to run OK, as I see the buses running northbound at regular 20-minute intervals when I am sitting at my stop. No, it’s the stupid &@#$!!1!!! southbound line that has all the problems. It’s rare to find it running on time more than 3 days in a row. Take yesterday evening (please). I waited for the 5:51 southbound bus, as usual. And waited. And waited some more. By the time it arrived, it was 6:55. I refused to pay the fare, on the grounds that I had waited long enough and failed to receive timely service. This is the first time in my life I have ever purposely not paid my bus fare as a protest. Surprisingly, the driver agreed with me, and said that this particular line has a lot of problems with scheduling and breakdowns.