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Metro Opens Doors

I heard the new “voice” of Metro this morning. Quite honestly, I wasn’t impressed. Not to mention the awful new two-tone sound they created. Before it was the nice robot voice that fit perfectly with the slightly cold people and clean and simple archetecture of DC. Now it sounds like we’re on the lightrail in Minneapolis. This ain’t no midwestern town, don’cha know.

What’s beneficial is that the “voice” suggests to move to the center of the car. There is nothing more annoying than a bunch of tourists (or people from Virginia – sorry Elle) who don’t understand that packing a car during rush-hour is easier when people move to the center.

I heard there was going to be some sort of countdown for the closing doors. I didn’t hear that this morning, but if they do that in the future, I wouldn’t be surprised if they install BB guns in the walls and start pelting you or shocking you if you get caught in the door. In fact I would prefer that.

PS. I rock. And I’m Cute.

DC Metro Rules #44 & #291

#44: If you are hovering by the doors and see other people getting ready to exit, it’s generally a good idea to move out of the freaking way so that said riders can exit the train with ease and don’t get crushed by the heavy closing doors. It’s simple physics.

#291: (Not really a rule, but rather a helpful suggestion – a Hints From OM, if you will.) When WMATA decides to put conveniently located trash bins in the middle of the Metro platforms, you applaud them. Why they don’t put huge conveniently placed recycling bins next to these trash bins for newspapers is beyond me. It saddens me to see a trash bin full of recyclable newspapers and the inconveniently located recycling bins off to the side hidden away are empty. People aren’t going to recycle unless it’s ass-easy for them. My god, instead of spending all this money on a “new voice” for Metro why not spend a 1/10th of the cost to put recycling bins in a convenient and efficient location and do something for the greater good. Would it be too much to ask?

Where Did All The Metro Riders Go?

Where was everybody on the Red Line this morning. It was completely deserted. Once I transfered at Gallery Place people started to appear. It was just pretty spooky that there was no one at the platform where I got on at Takoma. And the Metro cars were all empty. I thought perhaps there was an accident or “wreck” as they call it in the south. Which does sort of make sense. Then I thought there was some sort of terrorist attack. But then if there was, there would be announcements or something. Hmmm. You know, because our Federal Government spends all that money on preparing for something like that…

And on a side Metro related note. I just realized how handicap accessible our Metro system is. Sometimes I think about what it would be like to not have legs. You know, this is the sort of topic one thinks about when you work for the government. Or maybe, it’s just me. I don’t think I’ve ever been to a city as accessible as our public transportation system. Montreal? Perhaps it’s because it’s DC and all those laws and requirements begin here. Who knows. Just thought it was an interesting fact that other cities should adopt.

And on another side note, today I wore my Puma Street Cats to walk to work in. At least from my house to the Takoma Station which is about 4 blocks. Puma’s are so much more comfortable than my standard Cole Haan black work shoes which I just change in to at work. At least that is the plan. I’ve been at work for 35 minutes and have yet to change my shoes. Ok, I remember now. The reason I thought about wearing different shoes to work this morning and perhaps on all other mornings was that I went to a recreation.gov meeting over the Department of the Interior yesterday and walked from the Foggy Bottom Metro Station which was about 12 blocks and it kicked my feet apart. Anyways. Ok, time to use your tax dollars wisely.

But lastly I have to say it was great to see my Uncle for the past few days. He was at a huge TV/Media conference here in DC and stayed with us for a few nights. I love that side of my family. The crazy NYers are the best. However, it was sad to see him leave this AM. But we’ll see him soon, I am sure.