Well, this week just gets more and more expensive. Yesterday, the Metro was still down in my area due to the horrific accident, but the commuter rail line was back up, so I decided to take that route. I picked up a one way pass... for $4. It's a whopping 13 minute ride. Then I still had to hop on the Metro to get the rest of the way to work. That money was already paid though.
When I got to Union Station, I picked up three more one way passes - one to get me home and two for today, because I wasn't sure if the Metro would be back on some semblance of a normal schedule.
Again, this wasn't money I had to spend. But my options were limited. I could have taken the shuttle busses to one of the other Metro stations and ridden from there. But the local news and friends both seem to indicate that perhaps these aren' t the best alternatives, as they're slow and confusing. I could have taken the bus. Again, slow, crowded and confusing, due to all of the people looking for alternate routes. I could have driven to work. There is apparently a parking lot about half a mile away from my office that charges $6 a day to park. That would save me $2... but then there's the cost of gas. And the hassle of driving in D.C. I could have parked in the lot by my office... for $20. Not really an option.
So I dropped another $16 this week. However, due to said transportation issues, I didn't make PF Blogger Happy Hour, so I guess it all evens out in the end.
I'm lucky that this is the biggest "crisis" in my week. Very lucky.