My days of public transportation were all during my grade school years; elementary & junior high school, to be exact. My Mom and Dad worked long hours, so if I wanted to go somewhere during the day (in the summer months), I had to take the CAT (Chatham Area Transit) bus. I hated it. It was very much like what both of you described. But, it got me to the Boys Club, the store, and back home in one piece. Ugh.
Walker, I love the way you pull us in without even trying. It’s a definite skill & you use it well.