It’s been a long, exhausting weekend for our family. My 94 year old grandmother passed away today. We are thankful that she lived a long life and passed quickly and peacefully.

While she may not have always been perfect, she taught me some very important things in life, like:

• how to express myself through my art - and that there is in fact a right and wrong way to hold and clean a paintbrush

• how to trifold a piece of paper perfectly so that it fits into an envelope and always opens in the same direction

• having systems can help you organize anything - even if those systems are as simple as a different color pen or a sticker

• you can pretty much lay away anything at Kmart - including candy!

• classic dentyne gum is the best kind of chewing gum

• Frank Sinatra was truly the greatest singer ever to grace this earth

• humor and wit during times of seriousness can make any situation better

• the importance of owning an extremely large purse - so you can sneak in cans of classic coke and candy into the movie theaters - DUH!

• how to appreciate a great movie and tell if it’s Oscarworthy

• baking treats brings joy to everyone - and can also lend to future favors - i.e. if you keep your mechanics and doctors’ sweet tooth happy, you’ll never have a problem getting an appointment!

• to marry the first “real” time for love

• Polish babies are huge and have big heads

• when betting on horses, always go for the one with a great name

• even as a grandmother, you can still be 29 and holding

• the term and the execution of the term “pedal to the metal”

• when driving and needing to stop suddenly, the right arm can swing out and double as a seat belt

• the importance of a good cup of coffee

• our animals are really the only honest and true creatures we can trust

• that you can never have too many shoes or too much gold lame

• that you can lose both your boobs to cancer and still pull in all the men

• you can never be old to try a new trendy cocktail or enjoy a good happy hour - and just because you turn 90, doesn’t mean you can’t still throw back 3 Cosmos

• every day deserves an ice cream (a scoop, a sundae, or a milkshake) - and that you should always have dessert first, because you never know when you’re going to kick the bucket

• that when we’re young, we have the body but don’t think that we do because we’re crazy in the head; when we’re old, we finally have our mind together but no longer have the body - that’s life!

• and in life, you may make some good decisions and some really bad ones. But when all is said and done, you do your best to be who you are, to tell a good story, and to make people laugh

We’ll miss you Mom Mom!

#TransitThursday - what have you found riding transit?                                                                      





Spare change? 
A quiet moment to read?
Time to listen to a podcast? 
An umbrella?
A different perspective of your city?
A new spot you want to check out?
A nice view?
LOVE?

I say LOVE because not only have many people met their future special someone, while riding the bus or train, but many have also found a new mode that they LOVE!

@TriangleTransit and @GoTriangle will be kicking off the #GoLove campaign this week. It’s a way to celebrate transit and the upcoming Valentine’s Day holiday through a literal scavenger hunt on the bus and online! 

Clues will lead you to new places, great transit routes, places to check out, websites, blogs, videos and more! Your job is to sleuth your way through the #GoLove clues to find something new you LOVE. If you solve the #GoLove scavenger hunt, you can win super awesome prizes! And hey, you may even discover a new reason to LOVE transit.

As TranspoCamp DC and #TRBAM come to a close, I am reminded what I have found riding transit, and that is my transit friends; amazing, passionate people who also LOVE transit and want to make your transit experience awesome! AKA the #TransitNerdHerd. Pictured above is a photo from this year’s 2nd Annual #TransitNerdHerd DC Dinner. (Photo credits go to @tweetsupa) 

So tell us this #TransitThursday, what have you found from riding transit?

Don’t forget the hashtag or we can’t hear what you have to say!

HAPPY #TransitThursday, y’all!

#TransitThursday - what have you found riding transit?

Spare change?
A quiet moment to read?
Time to listen to a podcast?
An umbrella?
A different perspective of your city?
A new spot you want to check out?
A nice view?
LOVE?

I say LOVE because not only have many people met their future special someone, while riding the bus or train, but many have also found a new mode that they LOVE!

@TriangleTransit and @GoTriangle will be kicking off the #GoLove campaign this week. It’s a way to celebrate transit and the upcoming Valentine’s Day holiday through a literal scavenger hunt on the bus and online!

Clues will lead you to new places, great transit routes, places to check out, websites, blogs, videos and more! Your job is to sleuth your way through the #GoLove clues to find something new you LOVE. If you solve the #GoLove scavenger hunt, you can win super awesome prizes! And hey, you may even discover a new reason to LOVE transit.

As TranspoCamp DC and #TRBAM come to a close, I am reminded what I have found riding transit, and that is my transit friends; amazing, passionate people who also LOVE transit and want to make your transit experience awesome! AKA the #TransitNerdHerd. Pictured above is a photo from this year’s 2nd Annual #TransitNerdHerd DC Dinner. (Photo credits go to @tweetsupa)

So tell us this #TransitThursday, what have you found from riding transit?

Don’t forget the hashtag or we can’t hear what you have to say!

HAPPY #TransitThursday, y’all!

Look at what I found—>The very first #TransitThursday topic!

http://meghanplanstransit.tumblr.com/post/18971540384/transitthursday-click-here-for-the-storify

WOW! It’s really hard to believe that nearly two years ago this crazy idea popped into my head during my morning commute. The idea of stoping the negativity and finding a way to spread positive messages about transit on twitter during one of the hardest days of the work to feel positive - Thursday.

Fed up with complaints about transit and sick of drab Thursdays, I thought, what a better way to promote transit than to ask transit users to participate in a weekly transit-related celebration?

Spreading positive messages about transit is not only a way to celebrate transit, but it also encourages others who may be afraid to try transit that it’s really AWESOME! And yes, your friends *are* riding transit too!

So let’s keep the momentum going. Let’s continue to spread the positive message about the good in public transit. Tell your friends. Tell your neighbors. Shout it loud. Should it proud. Just be sure to be POSITIVE!

So, let’s revisit the first #TransitThursday topic:

Why do you ride transit?

Bonus points for telling us why you ride by tying your answer in to a #TransitHaiku, a #TransitPickupLine, a #TransitMeme, a vine video or even a pic!

Thank YOU for keeping this weekly celebration going for almost two years! We could not keep it going without YOUR participation!

You are responsible for changing the minds of your friends, family, coworkers, and acquaintances. So why not convince them that transit is a viable option with a fun positive message?

Go ahead! Give it a try! Participate now!

Tell us why you ride. Just don’t forget to use the hashtag #TransitThursday otherwise we can’t hear you!

HAPPY #TransitThursday, y’all!

All I wanted for Christmas was an old lady cart…

Last week for #TransitThursday @gotriangle posted some great gift ideas for the fav commuter in your life. They even suggested that maybe if you are that commuter, you TREAT. YO. SELF.

So, did you receive the commuter gift that was on your wish list? 

  • Maybe it was an umbrella for staying dry at the bus stop?
  • A flashlight for waving down your bus on an early morning?
  • A great pair of walking shoes for walking to the train?
  • A bell or a lock for your bike?
  • Some gloves to keep your hands warm while you wait for the train or bus?
  • A lanyard for carrying your transit pass?
  • An I <3 TRANSIT travel mug for your coffee?
  • Or just some other cool transit shwag to show off your transit pride?

I’ve got to say, I was a very lucky gal this year; I must have been good! I received two new transit map shower curtains for my new digs (MBTA and WMTA), an awesome I <3 Public Transit mug made from corn (sustainable, practical and awesome), a new travel mug for my morning coffee, and I found an awesome transit accessible apartment!

And not to sound ungrateful or unappreciative, quite the contrary – but the one thing I really, really, really wanted for Christmas was an old lady shopping cart.

My hubby searched high and low in Charlotte and could not find one in a store. I’m still convinced it’s because they are clearly all the rave and flew right off the shelves before he was able to find one. ((CLEARLY.))

Laugh if you must, but I think the old lady shopping cart is an essential for the transit commuter. You can carry anything from your laundry to your groceries! I mean, come on – 10,000 old ladies can’t be wrong!!

Still not convinced it’s the coolest thing ever, check out these blogs about the resurgence of the old lady cart:

 http://www.nytimes.com/2012/02/22/dining/too-old-to-use-a-stroller-for-groceries-too-young-to-retire.html?pagewanted=all&_r=0

 http://www.cities21.org/granny.htm

 http://nonficwriter.wordpress.com/tag/folding-shopping-cart/

 http://www.apartmenttherapy.com/easy-does-it-folding-shopping-carts-186496

 http://mymidlifemakeover.wordpress.com/2012/01/11/old-lady-folding-shopping-carts/

I’ve decided to take @gotriangle’s advice and TREAT. YO. SELF. I am now on the hunt for the perfect old lady cart. Right now I’m leaning toward the:

Narita™ Super Swiveling Shopping Cart (in black)

http://www.cartsonthego.com/super-swiveling-shopping-cart

Deluxe Hooded Liner (in green) 

http://www.cartsonthego.com/deluxe-hooded-liner

It has swiveling front wheels and can carry up to 250 pounds of stuff! How awesome is that? 

Sure, there are prettier and more stylish carts out there, but what can beat 250 pounds of stuff?! I can walk, board the bus, complete all of my errands and get it all back on the bus with ease!

Ok, I know… I’m a little too excited about the idea of this old lady cart.

So why don’t you share with us what you received for the holidays?

Did you receive an awesome commuter gift or maybe just something cool to show off your transit pride? Tell us, but don’t forget the hashtag #TransitThursday