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BART holds community meetings on two critical issues

I'll admit it, I usually ignore these announcements for community meetings. I'm generally not interested enough in what they're talking about to care. However, this time around they're going to talk about the surplus money and using it for a temporary fare reduction.

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Noise Reducing Headphones

Seeing as the topic of noise and noise reducing headphones comes up on a regular basis, I thought I'd let everyone know that Woot has a special on noise blocking headphones today. Two pairs of OSHA rated earbuds for 14.99. I ordered a pair. Once I've used them I'll give an update on how well they work, but the special deal will only be for today.

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Wifi Rail

What a useless gimmick. I don't think I've ever been able to log onto it. Maybe I'm expecting too much by trying to use it on the train, but who really sits on the platform using their laptop?

I tried to connect to download an iTunes file, and I wasn't even able to log in at the login screen before I had to exit the train. Four stops and no wifi. So stupid.

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Why so full?

Any idea why BART is so full today? I got to the station early and it wasa lot more full than usual. Same thing with the trains.

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The world's smallest violin

As I was coming down the escalator at civic center today I heard a familiar and somewhat confusing sound. It was the sound of the crazy violin man, who saws on the poor instrument so hard most of the bow strings are broken and hanging down the sides. I was wondering where he went. He was 'improvising' today, doing without the music stand with the crayon scrawled construction paper full of notes. He looked well fed and happy wearing a gold bling bling shirt and sideways hat. He must have stayed with a relative for a while. Or had a charity help him out. Or jail.

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Master Chief and sickofit are hereby BANNED

Anything they post from now on will be deleted. Please help us enforce this by not responding to any posts they make.

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Dance circle to the airport

Unconventional Riding

I couldn't get a good angle but there were four girls perched on the arms like this with their feet in the aisle. Apparently their parents thought it was cute because they were taking pictures of it. Sigh.

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BART RAGE Forum Rules

The upcoming contract negotiations are obviously a very hot topic right now, and tension is very high. This is just a reminder, both to those of you that have been here forever and those of you who have registered within the past few days.

You can yell and scream and argue all you want, but you may NOT personally attack any of the members of this forum. I will not let things get out of hand like they did when the BART shooting in Oakland first occurred. I'm sure Boopie and Shrapnel will back me up on this.

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Dumbass Rider of the Day: Mom and Toddler Edition

To welcome me back from my glorious 2 weeks of working at a location closer than the BART station to my house, I was greeted with all kinds of stupidity on the road, sidewalk, elevators, and of course the train.

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It's like a puzzle box

Another day another crowded embarcadero train. I'm sitting in the legroom seat near the doors and this teenage girl with a large suitcase thing and a purse and a shopping bag has claimed a ridiculous amount of space. The seat next to me eventually opens up and she sits down. She then proceeds to fold up the empty shopping bag and pits it inside the empty suitcase thing along with her purse. WTF?

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To the station agent in the booth at Civic Center this morning:

Thank you for not giving me a hard time about my ticket this morning. I sprinted up the escalator without even taking my parking reciept trying to catch my SF train. I just got back from a conference where I spent all my cash on the bartender and hadn't had a chance to go to the ATM. I have no problem coming back with my 2 bucks, except that I'm sure if I were to walk over to the booth tonight and hand them random cash, I'd get laughed out of the station.

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Quit running into crap already

Yet another BART collision, this time with debris in the tube:

BART resumes operation after train disabled in Transbay Tube

Man, they just aren't having much luck recently are they? At this rate we won't have a BART to ride from all the lawsuits taking their money.

I most definitely would not want to be evacuating in the tube. That would be scary!

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This morning was much quieter than usual. The lot was practically empty when I arrived, so I got to park right next to the station again. I got a great seat in the middle of the car next to a non-annoying person for a change. No music from headphones, just a little quiet conversation in the seat ahead of me. The biggest surprise was the lack of singing or bad violin players near the exit today. I can't remember the last time I wasn't begged for change on the way to work.

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I noticed that the destination signs now show the arrival times of the next two trains. I'm pretty sure it wasn't like that this morning.

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Protestors, Philosophy, and Patience

When I exited the building today there were four helecopters circling over my head. Turns out it was massive bring your own sign to city hall day. Apparently this also involves clogging up the fare gates and escalators and cheering in the station she when you see someone else with a sign. I didn't see anyone jumping faregates, that's good.

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EZ Parking

So BART has officially announced that we'll be able to use EZ Rider for parking starting in November. This is no big surprise. However, I didn't realize that using this program means we won't have to remember our parking space number anymore! Considering I had to walk back to my car to look at my space number this morning AGAIN, this is a pretty big plus for me. Totally worth $2 for a little hang tag, but I will probably sign up well before they institute fees anyway.

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EZ Rider Parking

I don't know if this has been covered or not, I've been a little behind in my RAGING lately, but I saw a note on a little kiosk thing at the Lafayette station that said EZ Riders will be able to use their card to pay for parking at the beginning of next month. I'll stop and read the whole thing on my way home. Sorry if this is old news! Too bad I almost never use my EZ-Rider card...

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My boss is stuck because of the train delays. A little bird told me there's a fire on 7th St that's causing the problem.

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K9 Patrol!

I snapped a few pictures of one of the BART K9's and his human partner at Embarcadero on 9/11. I thought about saying hi, but they looked busy and I was having kind of a bad day anyway. Thanks for keeping us safe!

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Goodbye to my Treo

I have been using the Treo line of phones since Handspring came out with the VisorPhone plug in cartridge for their organizer that made my brick of a PDA into a brick of a Sprint phone that could access data at a blazing 9600 bps. I watched it grow into the hottest phone on the market, the one everyone wanted to copy. They went through black and white, old school cell phone color, and a flip cover then finally settled on the form factor it uses today. I used my Treo 600 until the speaker died and got the 700p as a replacement.


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