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21st-Feb-2007 09:02 pm
My startup moved to a nice office in SOMA right at the end of December, so I've been doing the MUNI commute again. It sure beats driving down 280, but it's been pissing me off lately. Yesterday the MUNI train got stuck in the tunnel for 45 minutes while waiting for a broken down train ahead to get moved. And coming home I missed the bus by about 5 seconds.

However, I discovered today that we had a couple parking spaces left at work. I'm one of the early employees (I've been there since August and already I'm an old-timer), so my seniority gets me one of the spots. I didn't think I'd want it before so I turned it down, but I'm over the MUNI thing. Tomorrow I'm driving. No more waiting for the bus in the rain, and I'll be able to stop at TJs or Rainbow on the way home and do my shopping. If nothing else, I'll spend less time on the commute, and I'll be able to work late when I want w/o worry about having to wait forever for the bus if it's late.

I may have to figure out how to listen to podcasts while driving now, since I've gotten into using my MUNI time for that. My car doesn't have an easy way of playing my iPod on the stereo. Or I could go back to NPR.
22nd-Feb-2007 08:23 pm (UTC)
Check out the iTrip or the DLO Transdock Micro, both are FM transmitters for the iPod. They don't work so well for long commutes through built up areas, like going down to San Jose and back, because you can't find a frequency that works for the whole trip. But just driving through the city you should be able to find a frequency that works.
22nd-Feb-2007 08:39 pm (UTC) - I've tried a couple of things
At first I bought a Smart Deck, by Griffin and it works pretty well, it's supposed to interface with your car stereo, so that you can fast forward, rewind, skip songs, etc, without picking up your ipod, but they don't always work right.

Later, I got one of those FM transmitter things. The one I got is made by Belkin. It worked great when I was driving across the country in a rental. We only had to switch the frequency a couple of times. Unfortunately when I got back to the city, it hardly works at all. I still haven't figured out if there's just too much interference in the city, or if it's just my Audi, that doesn't interface well.

Seriously though, I think the Smart Deck is probably the best, most economical device I've found.

But since you're int he neighborhood now, we should do lunch sometime. It's been forever since I've seen you.
22nd-Feb-2007 09:48 pm (UTC)
ipodder (or similar) and a blank CD is all you really need.

does your car play mp3 CDs? I just throw a bunch of TWIS, This Way LA and Science Friday, and I have at least a week's worth of material.

Not the most environmentally friendly method, but I'm morally opposed to FM transmitters! awful frequency response... *shivers*
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