Friday, June 08, 2007


It took me two hours to get home from Silver Spring after my movie last night. That's forty-five minutes over the average time. It's because I took too long leaving the theater. From there I was stopped by a long needless don't walk sign (right in front of a Metro officer, and I don't know the first thing about Maryland jaywalking laws, nor, in the event there happen to be such laws, if those Metro guys can indeed write tickets for their transgression*). It was agonizing: on a midnight sidewalk on a deserted road, waiting because of a micromanaging light bulb. Eventually walking into Silver Spring station, there was no indication, on either train schedule board, that a train was imminent. So instead of sprinting up the escalator I merely rode it, only to discover my train there on the platform. It waited so quietly that I was really confused for several long seconds about whether the train was coming or going. It just sat there with the doors shut. I just stood there wondering. Then it left the platform, bound for DC, and I had to wait sixteen minutes for the next train. Then, even later, I had to wait a further fourteen minutes for my orange line connection deep in the bowels of Metro Center. But that's not all. By this time it was after midnight already, and the coming train was the Last One, meaning that it sat idle on the track for an extra ten minutes, allowing for all other transfer lines to accumulate before departing. By the time I'd walked up the hill to my unit, it was already well into tomorrow, so I backdated this entry a couple of hours to get it on the right day. Blame the machine under DC. [Cavin]

Then, a 1 sided conversation ensued...

To which Blogger Mr. Cavin added:

* It's the same as the confusion I feel about DMV officers. You see them in police-looking cruisers, on the state highways, sometimes with flashing blue lights. Are they there to pull traffic offenders (for speeding, for example), or are they just enforcing motor vehicle regulation (inspecting mechanics who update inspection stickers, say)? These Metro officers should not be confused with the DC Metropolitan Police force, first of all. These are either in the employ of the Metro system, which serves two states and a district, or the separate municipalities. They are either private security, tantamount to mall police, or they are transit regulators who can enforce the laws. Tantamount to campus police. And I don't know enough about it to cross the street, possibly illegally, in front of one.

Saturday, June 09, 2007 2:51:00 AM  

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