14 03 2008

Do 20-somethings have existential crises as often as those in mid-life? Are they being prompted because of our economy? Or can they be prompted by other extraneous external factors like our economy. Like our presidential race. Like the war.

more on this when I figure out my own again.


We moved!

24 02 2008

I haven’t disappeared. I just got my own domain.

Hello 2008

2 01 2008


Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

Been busy with a couple of other things…

Oh, you trolls…

11 12 2007

Who only make appearances on my LIRR posts… Don’t think I can’t check your IP.

/is amused/

Update to my LIRR complaint

5 12 2007

I got a response back from a editorial officer in their public affairs office this morning, and called the number they listed. Since I was half asleep at the time of the incident, I couldn’t provide a complete description of the conductor. Lack of complete description meant that no investigation could be started. Which is all fine and well by me. He might be a new guy, he might have been a fill-in.

At any rate, it was the principle of the thing… Even though it happens more often than any one of us would like to admit — those in service-based occupations should know not to treat the people/customers/consumers they deal with poorly. It’s fucking common sense.

For me, it was just to let them know that there is a conductor out there who acts like an asshole. And for the record THERE IS NO RULE THAT THEY HAVE TO TAKE AWAY YOUR EXPIRED MONTHLY TICKET. None. At all.

Yay. I win.

A complaint to the LIRR

3 12 2007

Sent today:

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I am a regular commuter on the LIRR. I bought a December monthly ticket yesterday. I still had my November monthly ticket in my ticket holder. I was harassed by the conductor this morning to give up my November ticket.

I have never heard of any rules that the conductor has to collect the previous month’s tickets while punching the current months. I have never been asked to give up a previous month’s ticket if it was showing in my ticket holder. Other commuters had their November tickets visible in their wallet, showed the December ticket, had it punched and were not harassed the way I was.

Was it discrimination, random harassment? I don’t know. And I certainly don’t appreciate it.

I think it’s poor service to harass a commuter on their way to work.

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Comments: I paid quite a bit of money for that, I’m sure I’m allowed to do with it as I please. It’s the principle of the thing.

Latest poetic genius from the LIRR folks

26 11 2007

Cell Phone Courtesy Matters

There once was a couple who lived in a shoe –
Had so many devices, they knew not what to do.
‘Blackberried’ n ‘cellphoned’… with an iPod too
They rode the Railroad, and sat next to you.
As most of us know, they had kids in that shoe.
They called each and then, talked themselves blue.
As you sat and listened, one thought came through…
Regarding ‘Train Manners’ – they hadn’t a clue.
With their voices too loud, everyone knews
More than they wanted about the whole crew.
What’s more their phones rang (vibrating’s too new)
With tones that all of you soon grew to rue.
They’re a nice couple, so no one will sue
But all wish they’d speak softly, that much is true.
Cell phones and manners, in our humble view
Will work for all who hew to our cue.

They really made use of the rhyming dictionary, don’t you think? Pity that 99% of people on the train don’t know how to follow this. But then they get pissed off at other people. Weirdos.