That's exactly what happened today as I went on a routine diaper run to Walmart.
Walmart is a two-bus-ride away destination, or about a 30 minute walk. I decided to take the bus and quickly arrived at Walmart and purchased all I needed: a big box of diapers, wipes, instant oatmeal, butter, trash bags, and toilet paper. Ordinary stuff that is sometimes absent from the shelves. I paid and made my way home.
I had a decision to make, which way home?
A. Cross the eight lane highway and take bus 13 to a second busI chose B and walked two blocks east to catch any number of buses that would take me. I'd just jump on the first bus home and viola. Great plan.
B. Walk a two blocks east and take bus 14, 61, 203, or 205 home
C. Walk a block south and take bus 205 all the way home
D. Get a taxi and get out of the cold
The first bus to arrive was bus 203. Great! It's a straight shot to my apartment. We quickly passed the first three stops and only one remained before I was home. Then an unexpected right turn away from my apartment.
WHERE ARE WE GOING?!?! BUS 203 DOESN'T GO TO MY APARTMENT?? WHEN DID THE ROUTE CHANGE? WHERE DOES IT GO NOW??
I immediately jumped off the bus at the next stop thankful it wasn't too far from home and walked the remaining half mile. As I walked, I thought about the implications of the new bus 203 route. I'll have to find a new way to get to the other three supermarkets which carry import goods, or get used to walking a half mile in the snow up hill both ways. :)