Bumpy ride on car 1907 today, feels like it needs its shocks sorted out!
Car 1720 stinks to high heaven, even by BART standards.
Let me see, no 'proudly maintained by' sticker ... seems no Yard wants to claim this one.
As if we didn't already know No Justice No BART are idiots. From http://www.mercurynews.com/occupy-oakland/ci_19240760 :
Wednesday morning BART protest canceled
An activist group planning to protest outside downtown Oakland BART stations during Wednesday's general strike has had a change of heart after their plan was lambasted by some of their own supporters.
Strangely enough, many protesters are counting on BART to deliver them to the demonstration.
This past sunday evening (@ 8pm)I was minding my business reading a map sitting in a front seat near the window after boarding at the Powell Street station. Before the doors closed a group of 5 teenage girls (none over the age of 15) board and sit to the side of me, in front of me (the seats facing inwards) , across and one sitting on top of another's lap. I look up and get a BAD feeling about them. Still, I go back to my map reading but beforehand I notice they are eating ice cream (from Cold Stone) out of pint containers and ice cream sandwiches.
I was hustling up the stairs this morning because we'd all heard the train pull in...
Apparently I wasn't fast enough for the Adonis behind me because he said, "Move it Fat-Ass!"
We made it into the train and he was standing in front of me... I said, "Hey, what did you say to me?" ... "If you can say it to my back, why don't you say it to my face."
He went through the doors into another car... A man sitting near where I stood sympathized with me and offered me a seat. I thanked him but declined... stewed a bit, then went to look for the Adonis.
... I've been doing this for the last 3 years or so, you can see my pictures HERE . Remember these are just the failures I see on my commute, and sometimes I just don't have time to snap a picture. I'm about to hit flickr's 200 photo limit !
Mountain Top Publishing is offering a Short Story Writing Contest for Bart riders who would like to have a short story published in a collection about commuting on Bart. The Short Story should be one to five pages and be about some aspect of Bart commuting. All genres welcome. We are looking for the outrage, the humor, the science fiction, mystery, romance, and the pathos of Bart riding, but mostly for good writing and good stories. Selected entries will win a one hundred dollar award, the Mountain Top CD catalog (fifteen CD's), and the author's publication in a short story collection.
Philo's post reminded me of something that happened to me last week. This older couple got on, both of them stinking of liquor, having a low key argument. The guy starts hitting on the woman in front of me, and his wife / girlfriend / hooker comes up and starts telling him, very calmly, to shut his mouth, and that if he didn't he'd be telling it to the judge. And that she works for the judge, so he knows she's not lying.
So I was accosted yesterday by some Aggro Hippies. There were three of them, two men and one woman. The couple sat down, and the second hippy, who had two big, leashed dogs with him, starts yelling at me that I was in a handicapped seat and that he wanted my seat. It was an almost empty train, 1pm on a Tuesday, westbound. I was seated in the first rear-facing seat, which is where most bike riders sit, and definitely not a handicapped seat.
I realize that my complaints are not going to apply to the commuter or the BART savvy individual. Also, those who commit these BART offences will probably never read this blog. With that said, let the bitching begin...
Just when I thought maybe bart was getting its shit together, no SF train shows up in fremont. No announcement, no notice on the displays, no acknowledgment by the TO. Just me 15 minutes late (again) with no explanation except the usual "BART SUCKS." What a bunch of tools--- I give up.
The subject says it all....how breathtakingly stupid is that?
I was on Facebook today and an ad popped up for this site:
I guess those ads don't cost much.
Apparently some more kiddies decided it'd be "cool" to attempt to shut down the commute again:
I'd love to grab one of them and explain to them:
If cell phone service was a first amendment right we'd have a hell of a lot better coverage throughout the bay area.
If you throw a knife at or take a swing at a police officer you can't be surprised when you get shot.*
I just wish the press would stop covering stuff like this. Maybe then these assholes would go and do something more productive with their time, like jerking off.
*- All the police I've ever talked to never ever want to be in a position where they have to shoot someone and will do everything they possibly can to not do that. But they do have to protect themselves and the public and are forced to make judgement calls all the time. the least we can do is respect how tough those calls are. If you're not there in the moment you have no way to judge whether the split second call was the right call. They deserve our respect and trust.
Bro man you remember me from Facebook bro? Oh man give me a hug bro. No you don't remember me? I seen you on Facebook man... My bro Fred was out with you last week, he was talking to his probation officer and he's totally going to pass man. You got your dolphins hat on that's cool msn as long as it's not the Raiders, huh bro? You don't remember me I was best friends with Stephanie that girl you met at that party last year? I'd hug you but you don't remember me. Oh man if you remembered me we'd be best friends....