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Saturday, September 17, 2005

just an observation

1: it's muggier than hell in D.C. i was NOT comfortable, even though the temperature was at least 10 degrees cooler there than at home.

2: i am totally taken with the D.C. METRO system. it's a shame the bozos that run BART can't get their act together. they could learn a lot by riding the system in our nation's capital.

6 Comments:

Anonymous hop said...

bo,

got my dates mixed up. would've liked to have gotten together. maybe next time you're back east.

that humidity is something. where i teach, we are located in the middle of a corn field, not shade and of course, no A/C. heat index avg in my room (of course all eight windows face the morning sun) was between 93 and 100 last week. room temp was 85 with 75 to 80 percent humidity.

hop

9/18/05, 4:01 PM  
Blogger Va Beach Herb said...

Bo,

My wife and I visit the DC area every fall and love using the mass transit system there. We usually stay in Tyson's Corner (near the malls of course) and take the train into the city to sightsee.
Besides the trains they have shuttles for which you can pay one price and ride all day all around the city. It really beats worrying about where to park and if your car will be intact when you get back.
The humidity in VA has been especially bad this year it seems. I played golf early Saturday, walking as usual, then came home to do my yardwork. I actually had the beginnings of heat stress symptoms by the time I was done, and felt like crap the rest of the day.

9/19/05, 5:01 AM  
Blogger PigBoatSailor said...

*sigh*

The DC metro is great for visitors, I will admit this. However, for regular commuters it is just painful. So much so that when I was there, I would just as often drive to work, at an average speed of 15mph (yes, I did calculate that over time) than ride the Metro.

9/19/05, 7:47 AM  
Blogger WillyShake said...

Note to Bo: DC was built on top of a swamp. LOL.

The first mass-transit system I became familiar with was the DC Metro when I was working for an EPA subcontractor one summer in college. Man, I thought it was great ... and the color-coating (ala USA Today) made it all the more so.

But this past summer I lived in NYC and got to know the subway there pretty well--and it's not as bad as it seems at first. In fact, one thing that's much easier for regular commuters is that the fare cards are resusable, can be charged to any amount you like, and can be bought for long periods of time (like a month) and you never have to worry about tokens.

While living in NYC, though, I made a trip down to DC and had to take the Metro--what a hassle (comparitively speaking) to figure out *exactly* the right amount of $ to get from point A to point B! I sure hope that regular commuters there can by monthly passes. But if you're a tourist--yuck, no thanks.

Perhaps this is a long-winded way of saying NOT that one is better than the other, but that such an opinion depends greatly on what you're conditioned to accept.

...er...HELLO? ... anybody still reading this? ...HELLO? ...

9/19/05, 4:32 PM  
Blogger PigBoatSailor said...

I can't believe I am doing this, but, in defense of the DC metro:

They do offer commuter passes. I never used 'em, as the DoD paid for my tickets (what a racket!).

You can buy a reusable card - nice hard plastic one that you just wave at the turnstile to get through. The downside is you now -have- to have one of these cards to pay for parking in a Metro lot, and since it is all automated, they got rid of the attendants (even though parking lot crime was skyrocketing). And for those of us (like me) who had the federal govt. pay for their tickets (a lot of us), and since the govt. will pay for fare, but not parking, you had to keep track of what you were spending on parking, and add that to your card yourself - a hassle.

Did I say this was in defense of the DC Metro? Never mind...

9/19/05, 5:33 PM  
Blogger Skippy-san said...

Coming from Japan to the DC metro is just plain depressing. Or from any major city in Asia. The card system has been in use for years here and you can also use it to pay for stuff at 7-11 and McD's in Singapore. In fact Singapore's subway would be exactly the one DC should emulate IMHO.

9/22/05, 3:03 PM  

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