I CAN think of few worse ways to start a workday than getting caught out in the rain waiting for public transport.
Last week, not for the first time, I came to work cursing both the inaccurate weather forecast and freezing cold office air-conditioning thinking I would have been better off driving.
This is, as they say, a first world problem but after the experience, the last thing I wanted to do is turn up damp the next day. Seemingly I'm not alone in thinking this.
While heavy rain can and does wreak havoc on the roads, the follow-on effect of wet weather is that many commuters opt to drive the next morning and avoid public transport.
We catch public transport for many reasons, mostly economical and environmental, but they pale next to a flu-ridden passenger sneezing on you or the bus splashing water over you as it pulls up to the stop.
Of course, this dramatically increases traffic on the roads and with peak hour congestion as bad as ever in most parts of the state, has the rain of the last few months kept motorists in their cars permanently?
But when you consider we live in the most expensive state to own and operate a vehicle, fuel prices are sky high and traffic jams endless, getting a bit wet occasionally isn't so bad after all.