The Sonoma-Marin Area Rail Transit has been - in the oft-reviled opinion of yours truly - a boondoggle from day one. Designed, on it's best day, to carry approximately 5000 folks (during that best day) from Larkspur to Cloverdale and return, it has now been scaled back to run from San Rafael to Santa Rosa. The actual number of folks wishing to travel between those destinations whose travel needs lack urgency and are therefore able to wait for the train's intermittent service, has yet to be determined.
Having lived in New York and Los Angeles, and spent time in places with famously congested traffic such as Tokyo, Paris, Bangkok and Manila, I find it difficult to get too exercised about the dangers to pedestrians in our fair burg. Still, nobody likes having his shoes polished by the tires on a Lexus with a preoccupied driver talking on her cell phone.
If you haven't already gotten a flu shot this year, it's not too late. The people in the know say that despite the fact that the incidence of new flu cases has leveled off, the Flu Season is not yet over and catching the H1N1 virus is still possible. Old folks - like yours truly (soon to be on Medicare) - along with the very young are said to be among the most vulnerable. So check with your doctor, HMO or ask at the local drug store for information on where to get a flu shot. This Word to the Wise was brought to you by the nice people at Petaluma360.