Archive for May 5, 2009


>Separately can ruin a commute together, definitely ruin a commute.

First the MetroNorth train equipment problems. I didn’t notice anything wrong with the train, but when we pulled into Croton there was an announcement that we were changing equipment. Equipment being the train. So everyone had to get up and get on another train. Which of course takes more time then just stopping and picking up more passengers. Then we were on one of the new electric trains that make me motion sick. While on the train I get a text alert about signal problems at GCT affecting the 7 train. Kind of dismissed it, nothing I could do about it.

I stopped to get tea on the way to the 7 train to settle my stomach, it worked, got on the train across from Robert ___ (the funny looking guy of indeterminate nationality with the hat). And waited, and waited, heard an announcement about signal problems(still!) finally the train started, and crawled, well crawled for a subway train, usually they barrel through at top speed. I saw something I have never seen before workers in the tunnel squished up against the wall. I don’t been squished as in flattened by the train, I mean they were squishing themselves against the wall as the train went by. Then the train started going fast for about 2 seconds then stopped dead. I pulled out my phone, 10 minutes until I had to be at work. I sent a tweet, “‘It’s 7:50 a.m. I’m supposed to b @ work in 10 minutes and i’m stuck under the city on a f***ing subway train!”

So I was late to work. Is being a stuck on the subway a good excuse for being late to work? I don’t know, but my boss was stuck on the same subway.

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>On May 5, 1961, astronaut Alan B. Shepard Jr. became America’s first space traveler as he made a 15-minute suborbital flight in a capsule launched from Cape Canaveral, Fla.

~The New York Times~

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