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greyautumnrain
greyautumnrain
Unlucky, or a reason to be grateful?
So, my company is a spate of coolness payed for me to go to Linux World yesterday to attend some seminares. Go them.

Of course this meant a morning rush hour commute on the T for the first time since 2001. No problem, I thought. That's the stop next to where Armin's studio used to, it should take me 30 minutes if I'm lucky and 40 minutes if I catch the trains exactly wrong.

Well, that's what I thought.

My first seminar was due to start at 9am, registration opened at 8am. Being a morning person these days, I left my house at 7:50 and figured I'd get there in loads of time to register and hang out. Sadly, when I got to Davis Square it became clear that this plan was foolishly optimistic. There were annoucements about a disabled train, and a very crowded platform. To make a long story short, it took me 75 minutes to reach my destination, so I ended up being about five minutes late to the seminar. Good thing I left early.

The whole incident reminded me of just how happy I am about driving to work. I know its evil, and bad for the enviroment, and costs me buttloads more money, but I like it. Its faster most of the time, and those times when it isn't, I find that being stuck in traffic isn't anywhere near as bad as being stuck on the T in one of its breakdowns. In my car I can control the heat/AC, I have a comfy leather seat, I have a stereo, and I have privacy. Needing to pay attention to what is going on is a small price to pay for such ammenities.

To add insult to injury, for the trip home I decided to swing by the Cambridgeside Galleria so I could go to the Godiva shop there. Warren had run out of Godiva cocoa just in time for Valentine's day, so it was clearly my mission to resupply him. Since I was starting out on the green line, I figured the logical thing to do would be to take the green line out to Lechmere. Well, I arrived in North Station and discovered that the green line no longer goes all the way to Lechmere! I had to get a bus transfer, and follow a path of cleverly hidden signs to where the shuttle busses were running several blocks away.

I'm not sure if the T is much worse than I remember it being, or if I was just really unlucky yesterday. Suffice it to say I opted to take a cab home from the Galleria.

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firstfrost From: firstfrost Date: February 15th, 2005 06:25 am (UTC) (Link)
The Red Line at Davis yesterday morning was the most crowded I've *ever* seen it. On the other hand, the Green Line never goes to Lechmere now, so half unlucky and half "just worse."
twe From: twe Date: February 15th, 2005 08:16 am (UTC) (Link)

Yay cars.

The T has certainly seemed worse the past couple weeks than I remember it being from before I started driving, but my perceptions might be skewed by the comfort of driving.

I agree that riding in my car *is* much nicer than riding the T. I really do get an extra 45 minutes most days. I stay warm (and dry) in the winter, no one sits on me, or whacks me with their bag. I freedom to move my elbows and can listen to music I like without having it drowned out by the roar of the train. I don't actually think it's all that much more expensive than taking the T, if you're going to have a car anyway. I estimate that it takes about 2 tanks of gas/month to get me to & from work, which is pretty much the same cost as a $44 t-pass.
merastra From: merastra Date: February 15th, 2005 09:45 am (UTC) (Link)
Ooof, what a day. I feel the same.

With the added problem that I have enough things I need to do and enough equipment that I need to haul around that I need the scheduling flexibility of a car. Oh, and public transportation here sucks even worse than it does there.

So sometimes, for small trips, I try to bike to assuage my environmental guilt. :-)
mijven From: mijven Date: February 15th, 2005 10:32 am (UTC) (Link)

One cannot bike with small children. Not in traffic, anyway. I have the gear to do so, and hey - sometimes I still do. But man oh man oh MAN I cannot decide if the obnonious people are more hazardous than the idiots who feel compelled to break every time they see me out with the trailer.

So we walk. Which is why I'm considering forcing *#&@ sidewalks down my neighbor's collective throats. (Or down the throats of those not already 130% behind me on this mission. ;)
mijven From: mijven Date: February 15th, 2005 10:34 am (UTC) (Link)

(BTW, I should point out that driving with small kids is frequently more annoying to me than walking with them. All those seatbelt things. The mouse is finally past the more difficult stage, so we might be seeing more car usage from me in the future.)
twe From: twe Date: February 15th, 2005 01:20 pm (UTC) (Link)

Linux World

By the way, how was it? I've got a free Exhibit hall pass good today, tomorrow & Thursday.
greyautumnrain From: greyautumnrain Date: February 15th, 2005 03:58 pm (UTC) (Link)

Re: Linux World

Well, the exhibits weren't open yesterday when I went. It was just the seminars, but they were pretty good. I'm going back tomorow (Wednesday), so I'll get to bum free stuff then.
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