Are you going to ride METRO for free next week?

By: Susan Elmore

When I first heard this on the radio in June, I made a mental promise to myself that I would ride the free bus to work. And home. And, perhaps even to exercise class!

Why am I so obsessed?  I’m a native Houstonian. I can count the number of times I have ridden a bus on two hands. When you take away riding a bus to camp and a paid shuttle to the airport, I can count the number of times I’ve ridden a bus in Houston on one finger… as in ONE TIME.

It was the spring of 3rd grade. I was living in Afton Oaks and going to Will Rogers Elementary on Richmond Avenue.  Those of you from back in the day may recall that Will Rogers was next to the Hattie Mae White Headquarters building for HISD, dubbed the “Taj Mahal” by skeptics of big education. The Taj Mahal is now a Costco, and Will Rogers Elementary was an “experimental” school. Trust me – experimental education can be a challenge for a nine-year-old girl. But, I digress. Continue reading “Are you going to ride METRO for free next week?”