And to be honest, if we got a car, we'd be giving rides/tremps, which also has its risks.
But I don't tremp because I'm a risk-taker. I am not a risk taker at all. I'm scared and phobic about most things. It's just that with the job and hobbies I have, tremping is the most efficient mode of transportation. It's not that I don't take buses. I certainly do when they arrive and I try to make plans according to buses. But if I had a rule only to travel by bus, I wouldn't yet be home from work. And I still would have needed a ride to get to the bus most probably. And I'd be waiting for that bus in a place much more isolated than where I did wait, all the places I ended up waiting.
Here's how I got home:
- I asked a woman who was with a full shopping cart and two teenage children to where she was going. "Ofra" was her answer. So I had ride #1.
- At Ofra a neighbor and I caught a ride to the Shiloh Junction.
- From there we caught another ride to the Shiloh-Shvut Junction.
- Then within a minute or two, there was a ride to the "center" of Shiloh. I got off and he stayed in the ride.
- I started walking up the hill to may neighborhood when a young family took me up to my street. They would have taken me to my door, but I told them that they should just continue to their home.