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« Reply #15 on: August 01, 2009, 01:32:29 PM »

Also, I heard that some MTA employee won the lottery earlier this week?
Karma fail.

Apparently the E train was flooded the other night when it was raining and both my roommates had 90 minute commutes instead of their usual 30 minute commutes. I guess it just stopped in between two stops and hung out for a while.
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« Reply #16 on: August 12, 2009, 02:51:57 AM »

Considering my rather bleak employment and financial situation, the last thing I need is to blow money on a cab ride, but after being stuck in the hell that is the G and 7 train combo for close to an hour and a half, once I rolled into the Times Square and realized that I'd have to take a shuttle bus two stops away from my end destination, plus would have to wait at least another 30 minutes for that next train, I said fuck it. The heat also finally got to me.

Here's what I want to know about the 7 train; there's a 7 local and a 7 express. Why fuck don't they, I dunno, call one of the trains a different number or letter, like everything else?

Today was also one of the days in which I'm actually shocked that I haven't strangled an MTA employee yet, considering my aforementioned circumstances. Wouldn't mind the free rent and martyrdom in my mind for a few moments of sweet release.
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« Reply #17 on: August 12, 2009, 12:53:39 PM »

Yeah, it's usually best to just go for the E train because the 7 is harder to transfer to, and I don't know that it can't be trusted late at night.
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« Reply #18 on: August 12, 2009, 10:43:11 PM »

I normally go for the E, but problem was, nothing on that line.... the E, R, or whatever else is in that station... was going to Manhattan.

Since I knew beforehand that I had to go outside to catch the 7, I asked the booth guy where it was, and the guy refused to stop reading his paper and acknowledge me. And yes, I was asking nicely. That's when I officially began to get pissed off.
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« Reply #19 on: August 12, 2009, 10:46:51 PM »

Ugggh. Yeah, sorry you had such a rough trip back, but it was nice to have you out for the movie and to give a second opinion on Rage of the Dragons.
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« Reply #20 on: August 14, 2009, 02:28:18 AM »

It just blows, once again, how every chance to hang with friends in Brooklyn has to be second-guessed due to bullshit relating to the subways. I hate to be a hermit, but the MTA is turning me into one.
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« Reply #21 on: August 17, 2009, 01:56:01 PM »

Just saw this advertised on the local news...

http://www.mikebloomberg.com/community/group_details.cfm?groupid=900800

... His 33 point plan sounds promising, but the details when it comes to how all of this will actually happen is pretty sparse.
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« Reply #22 on: August 21, 2009, 12:05:11 PM »

Not related to the subways, but since they are run by the MTA...

http://www.cultofmac.com/blogger-runs-into-trouble-with-new-york-transit-authorities-over-iphone-app/14864

... So apparently, train schedules are copy-written material?
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« Reply #23 on: August 22, 2009, 11:03:14 PM »

Once again, thank God I don't have to deal with the L train on a daily basis...

http://www.sankakucomplex.com/2009/08/22/subway-striptease-exhibitionism-mania/
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« Reply #24 on: August 24, 2009, 04:23:44 PM »

I would not complain if I ran into that.
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« Reply #25 on: August 24, 2009, 04:32:52 PM »

Oh, and this one is for Liz:

I keep forgetting to mention how last week, on a crowded rush hour 1, there was this pregnant woman and her man, could have been a husband or bf, maybe even just a guy friend really, both standing, and a MTA employee sitting down, reading his paper, a male.

The first dude tried giving the MTA employee dirty looks, as if to say "come on jackass, there's a pregnant woman here", but since that clearly wasn't working, he just flat out said "hey, there's someone who could really use a seat". The MTA simply glanced real quick and responded with "I'm pregnant too."

The entire train immediately became enraged, with plenty of "oh my God"s, but the fucker didn't give too shits.
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« Reply #26 on: August 24, 2009, 07:18:02 PM »

That's pretty priceless, but i'm not surprised at all. People are damned selfish when it comes to giving up seats. A twenty year old girl literally ran under my arm to get to a seat I was right in front of on the N train. While i've had a few people give up seats for me--with one woman even insisting that I sit down even though I told her I was getting off in two stops--I was actually yelled at by a dude for not giving up my seat for a more visibly pregnant woman (I was five months along at the time). When my sister who was with me told him that I was pregnant as well his response was, "What is she a month along-- I thought she just looked fat."

Actually, probably the best story yet regarding insensitive peoples comments and pregnancy happened about a week ago at a TD bank in Astoria, so that would make me 28 weeks and in my seventh month. To be honest, I've been lucky and I don't look extremely pregnant even now but I do have a tummy and really it doesn't look anything like a beer gut.

Anyway, I was on a very long line in the bank on a Friday during lunch hour; I was about number 5 of about 13 people. Of course, there was only one teller on duty. A very skinny, very pregnant lady comes in and joins the back of the line. The bank manager, a petite woman, immediately goes over to her and escorts her to the front of the line. The pregnant lady does not appear to speak much English and seems very happy at the special treatment. The other bank customers are less than thrilled and there is much mumbling among the ranks. An older Greek man who was standing behind me points at me and calls out to the manager saying, "Hey, there's another pregnant lady here, doesn't she get special treatment?" The bank manager gives me one of those double up and down glances and says, "Is she pregnant? I thought she was just fat. It's so hard to tell these days." The guy then turns to me and I say yes, I'm pregnant and in my seventh month. The manager then rather reluctantly tells me I can go to the front of the line as well. But pissed at this whole charade I tell her no thank you as I don't need special treatment. She turned red and walked away. it was really pretty funny, although i was pissed at the time.
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« Reply #27 on: August 31, 2009, 11:04:38 AM »

along those lines:

http://cityroom.blogs.nytimes.com/2009/08/28/complaint-box-subway-squatters/
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« Reply #28 on: October 10, 2009, 11:19:08 PM »

So, who else got caught up in this weekend's nonsense earlier today? I almost walked home from Union Square this afternoon (I live on 181 St for those who don't know, so that's like over 160 blocks), things were so bad. But I'm still kinda sick and threw in the towel at Columbus Circle. Thankfully a train arrived relatively soon.

Or did everyone heed all the news warnings and stay in today? I was just on XBL and quite a few of you folks are at home, watching Netflix I see.

It's really hard to properly explain to those who don't live in NYC how hopelessly frustrating the trains have become. And sitting down and trying to figure out why things are the way they are... which I suppose is almost invariable, since there's a lot of time to think while waiting for that next train... leads to even more anger in the end.

... Like how, if train X is being re-routed, due to track work, why is train Y running on that same set of tracks? Shit like that. Been living here for 13 years and I still haven't been able to figure it out.
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« Reply #29 on: October 11, 2009, 01:47:03 AM »

So what happened anyways? Someone killed himself or something?
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