This Tuesday is Lane Tech’s open house. The parents have to walk around Lane following my Wednesday schedule. That means that they have four minutes to get from class to class. They don’t realize how much I have to walk everyday.
It will be hard for them to find my Language classroom. I had a really hard time finding it. You don’t find the classroom unless you look very closely at the room numbers. Lane is separated by an even and an odd side of the school. If you miss the room numbers then you don’t know where you are in the school. If you miss it and you keep walking, you will have to turn at some point. If you make one wrong turn then you are lost. It is also by a stairway and at a turn so there are a lot of people going all different directions. Even if you know where the classroom is, you have getting through the hoards of people. Good luck.
They’ll have it easy though. They don’t have to carry around a heavy backpack, go to their locker between passing periods and they are tall enough to see where they’re going. I hope they don’t get demerits for being late.
I open my transit stop app as I come down to eat breakfast. There is a bus coming In five minutes, eight minutes, and fifteen minutes. I can eat and get out the door to catch the bus in fifteen minutes. When I get outside it is extreamly cold. You could tell that summer wasn’t going to last much longer. When the bus arrives there isn’t even enough room for me to stand or sit. I have to wait for the next one to arrive. The next bus comes and I get on. There is no room anywhere in the aisle or in the seat so I stay near the bus driver. He has the heat on . It worked out that it was a crowded bus and I could stay warm.
I like the freedom of riding the bus. I like how easy it is to get to and from school. I like pulling on the cord to request the stop. I like pulling up right on my street. I like riding the CTA.
During passing periods, as I walk to my class, all I see are back packs. I am not tall enough to see where i’m going. To identify where I’m at I look at room numbers, and remember the turn orders. The worst thing is going up and down all the stairwells. People can only move so fast because of all of the other people trying to move. And that’s just the stairs, you also have to get off the stairs. There is almost no room to even get into the hallway. You have to get into the hallway the first opening that you see.
I think of the hallways as rush hour. You have some people that just can’t move, some people that have to move over so they can go faster and then there are the people that just sit on the side talking. The main difference is that sometimes people walk in one line with all their friends. They move very slowly and it is very hard to try to get past them. You are lucky if you can make it to class on time.