affected your life? Forgive me for being presumptuous. I have a car and live in a pseudo-suburb of Los Angeles. Bus riding is possible, but not quite practical. I'd probably be better off with a bicycle... if I weren't so anal about carrying lots of STUFF with me. I find that I stay very close to home (less than a 15 mile radius) and am very careful about making excess trips. I also walk when I can.