On my walk up the hill this morning, I came upon a solitary crow.
Crows are common in my neighborhood, but seeing one alone is rare. I stopped to reach into my bag to retrieve my bag of peanuts, usually reserved for squirrels.
Crow stood in the middle of the street, looking at me. I stood on the sidewalk, looking at Crow.
Knowing that crows have excellent facial memory, I maintained eye contact with Solitary Crow while I retrieved a couple of peanuts. I dropped two peanuts on the grass between us. Then I continued walking.
I looked back, and Crow had a peanut in its beak.
I don’t expect any reward, but maybe Solitary Crow will spread the word to other crows that I’m a good human who shouldn’t be messed with. Either that, or I’ll be known as the human willing to share the food he carries around, and crows will seek me out.
On my way home this evening, I decided to take the buses home.
Metro has allowed all-door entry on 3rd Avenue during rush hour, as long as you tap your ORCA card with either a Metro employee with a portable ORCA reader, or at a RapidRide station. I’ve tried it a couple of times at the RapidRide station at 3rd & Columbia, tapping my card and then walking into the back door. It’s worked pretty good.
I tapped by card at the RapidRide station at 3rd & Columbia this evening. A RapidRide bus arrived, which I didn’t want, because it stops on the wrong side of Pike for me. But then a 70 bus arrived right behind it, with its front doors right it front of me. It seemed silly to walk to the back doors. I didn’t feel like convincing the driver that I’d already tapped my card, since it really didn’t matter, so I tapped it again when I walked into the front doors.
It doesn’t matter how many times I tap my ORCA card (except on Link), because my card allows unlimited rides. Still, I wondered what would happen if I had a wallet (a set amount of money) on my card. I suspect that it would count as a transfer, and I wouldn’t get charged for the second tap. But I don’t know for sure.