Just a few things this morning Metro. When will you ever get things right? I tried to add money to my smarttrip card for the last few days from my Smartbenefits account and it just kept saying ‘transaction canceled’ no warning, just left me hanging there. So today I try again in the crowded Vienna station, it would have been a much more frustrating experience had it not been for the other people who had already waited for the kiosk to just sit there and do nothing. So nobody is adding Smartbenefits at Vienna today, because everybody wants to… Sounds like a good plan.

Next is a little thing but it always annoys me. I know you’re trying to appear safer by having the train stop at the end if the station. But when the driver has to start the train again and move forward 3 feet it gets really annoying.

‘train will move forward’

no shit

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I saw this on Monday morning and the first thing that I thought was that it was left over from somebody coming home on the Metro on Sunday night. I had all these possible stories dancing in my head… fights… muggings… beatings. My mind was racing with possiblities. When Laurel got home and I showed her the picture she said “Looks like somebody got a nosebleed”… which is probably the most rational explanation for this.

Why did I not come up with that idea first?

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Universal Studios Varsity Jacket

Universal Studios Varsity Jacket


I saw this guy on the metro today. I’ve always wondered who buys this kind of kitschy crap from theme parks. Well now you know, downtrodden government workers! What sport did he make varsity in, riding the Back to the Future Ride?

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South Garage

South Garage

Vienna North Garage Full 8:27
I know that because some guy cut me off for the last space.

Vienna South Garage Full 8:32
I know this because I took the last space. suckers.

I think this is way too early in the school year for the garages to be filling up at these times. I remember when I used to get there at 8:45 and get a space at the north garage. What’s DC Metro going to do about it? I’m going to bet nothing. I don’t understand why they don’t loose some of those reserved spaces. They would make more money per day, I see at least 40 or 50 cars being turned away every day and I don’t see any more of the reserved spaces getting sold.

The only thing more annoying than the parking in the garages is that they pay a person to sit in the booth at the exit. They don’t take cash and only one lane can use a credit card. So essentially the person’s whole job is to tell people that they need a smart trip card or to move to the next lane. They are human signs.

I just wish DC gave a shit.

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I think I took this video last Thursday. It was raining in the morning. DC drivers are notorious for slowing down to slow speeds when there is a drop of water on the roads. But I didn’t know that the train drivers were like that too. At one point I swear I could have been walking faster than the train was moving. It was painful to see cars in traffic moving faster than us.
DC Metro Ride

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Portable Computing!

Portable Computing!


What the hell?
I get that you need to bring your iMac to work, but can’t you just carry it like a normal human? I swear I never saw the guy take it off his back when he sat down. He must have, because this cannot provide good back support.

*UPDATE* – 9/30/09 – I saw this guy coming home today. Either it was just a weird coincidence or he’s been using this thing as his laptop.

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