Thursday, May 29, 2014

Rant of the Day

I am aggravated with the MTA today. I forgot my MetroCard, which gets me on the subway to my office after taking the LIRR.

When you don't have a MetroCard, you have to pay $1.00 for the privilege of owning a new one.  Is the $1.00 a lot of money? Of course not. But we pay a lot of money for transit services as it is. This dollar for a new card, with no value on it, is a slap. A "screw you, we can charge whatever we feel, and you can't do anything about it" charge. 

End of rant. I will now get on with my day. Thanks for listening. And hold on to your MetroCard when it's empty. Don't give them any more of your money than is necessary. 

Ok I feel better now.

Monday, May 26, 2014

How Many Ways Can I Be Late?

Every day, I try to catch the 7:29 express.  Why?  It's a great train.  It originates from my station, and the doors open 15 minutes before departure time.  This means no standing on the platform waiting for the train in bad weather.  As a train commuter, these things matter, and a lot of things will conspire to go wrong in the morning and make me miss my train.  Let's look at a few.

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Unusual Things Brought On The Train, Part III

In recent posts, I've commented on the interesting things people bring on the train.  I saw a man carrying a bag of extension cords, and a woman with a puppy.  There were the large stuffed animals I won at a company holiday party.  Then, a fellow train observer pointed out that a man in the UK tried to bring his horse on the train.  I'm still amazed by that one.

On May 19th, the New York Times published an article about the Long Island Rail Road Lost and Found.  People bring interesting things on the train, but what they forget and leave behind can be even more interesting!  Of course, there are the garden variety backpacks, jewelry, and phones.  There's hats, gloves, and umbrellas.  None of these surprise me.  Let’s look at the more unusual ones.

Sunday, May 18, 2014

Unusual Things Brought On The Train, Part II

Recently, I blogged about strange things I've seen on the train.  Well, a Twitter follower alerted me to this 26 second gem of a news clip.  A man tried to bring his pony on the train.  A pony trumps extension cords, large stuffed animals, and puppies any day of the week.  Why did he try to bring his pony on the train?  Who knows.  I suppose even ponies have to get from Point A to Point B.

Watch the video.  It's worth the 26 seconds.

This is why I blog.  The material never fails to present itself.

Happy commuting, and may you encounter uncommon sense.

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