I’m in my hotel room, waiting for morning to begin. I woke up at 5:00 am and now have three hours to kill before the library opens. I’ve been using the time to try a couple of tools–Google Walking Directions and Google Public Transit. These are pretty cool features that I have not used before. Here, for example, are the walking directions from my hotel (inn really) to the library where I’ll spend the day:


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This is another beta feature of Google, so I may end up dodging traffic Frogger style. Pretty cool that you can change the route (as with driving directions) if you want. I’m also hoping to try to get to Alcatraz tomorrow–and if not that, then at least San Francisco proper. Google can get me there via public transit in two hours and for $13.00. That’s a pretty big saving over driving (the cost of which Google estimates automatically) and definitely over taking a cab. Here it is:


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Google has become so integrated into everyday life that this post will hardly seem revolutionary. But I remember just a few years back, when I was job hunting in multiple states, how difficult it was to coordinate travel, particularly on public transportation. If that sounds like me saying, “Back when I was growing up, we didn’t have the Google,” then so be it. Google also showed me that there is bike rental just a block or two down from my hotel.

There is also a Tesla dealership right across the street. Wonder if they’ll loan me one for the day.