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March 1st, 2006


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11:28 am - ding-dong, ding-dong
Here's a handy Red Line translation: "ding-dong, ding-dong, bzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzt" coming from a busted-ass PA does not mean "This train will be standing in the station for 10 minutes for schedule adjustment."

It means "This train will be standing in the station for 10 minutes with the doors wide open so that all the nice cold air can come in and replace the limited amounts of warm air that the half-broken heater was trying to pump out. For schedule adjustment."

And we all know what 'schedule adjustment' means, anyway: the 9:20 train is so late, we're gonna just pretend it was the 9:35 train all along.

Oh, and hey, good luck installing those Charlie Card turnstiles in South Station, guys. The new turnstiles are all being put on one side of the lobby concourse (to the left if you're coming up from the subway platforms.) The regular turnstiles are still on the right. There's gonna be a lot of confused people being redirected all the way across the concourse.



Unrelated PS: Is anybody still playing Puzzle Pirates on the Midnight ocean anymore? Would your crew enjoy the company of a dude dressed all in green with a turban who just happens to be a superstar bilger? I have a sword. And a house and I bought a piece of driftwood for my house.

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From:jimmystagger
Date:March 1st, 2006 04:49 pm (UTC)
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How the hell would you even know what time the train was going to come, do they hand out time schedules? "Schedule adjustment" means the train in front of us is running too slowly because the driver is hungover/was late leaving the station cos the line at the Dunkin's was long/was late to work for 100th time in 100 days/is actually dead and nobody noticed because his corpse had the same work ethic he did.

I hate the T almost as much as I hate the Yankees.
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From:allicat42
Date:March 1st, 2006 04:53 pm (UTC)
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The MBTA is -still- better than MARTA. I don't care WHAT you say. The MBTA goes more places. And then there's that whole commuter rail thingy Atlanta DOESN'T have.

(Me? Bitter? Nawwwww. Damn freaking inter-county politics. And they complain about TRAFFIC around here? Made their beds. Lie in 'em. WAH.)
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From:jimmystagger
Date:March 1st, 2006 05:01 pm (UTC)
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I would never argue that MARTA doesn't suck. I had to suffer through the debacle of public transportation that was Olympics 1996. I loved the Games, I have family down in GA, Atlanta's a nice city, but HOLY JESUS JEFFERSON DAVIS were they totally incredibly unprepared to transport the masses. One train I was on the staff just gave up. GAVE UP. The train was running so slowly one staffer comes out and says "Awwww the hell with it" AND GOT OFF. It was awesome.

Moving Assholes Rapidly Through Atlanta.
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From:derspatchel
Date:March 1st, 2006 04:56 pm (UTC)
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We, the riding masses, don't have light rail timetables with actual departure times and whatnot, but the MBTA does internally. But somehow I think they use their timetables to line birdcages or discipline naughty puppies instead of actually making sure the trains adhere to the schedules.
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From:allicat42
Date:March 1st, 2006 04:51 pm (UTC)
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Oooo. Charlie Card. Is that a paer card till they can make them refillable? Atlanta now has breeze cards. No more tokens.

I wonder if you can get arrested for selling a breeze card... Or letting someone in with your monthly pass for that matter... *snerk*
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From:derspatchel
Date:March 1st, 2006 05:00 pm (UTC)
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Yeah, the Charlie Card is the new rechargable card system which will eventually do away with tokens, like NYC's Metrocard or DC's whatever-they-call-it system (which they've had for like, how many decades now?)

The cards won't be tied to any personally identifiable information (unless you pay with a credit card, I guess) so presumably they can be interchangable. I've never gotten any shit for letting someone else use my anonymously-purchased monthly pass, for instance, even though it's "signed" with a scribble on the back. YES THIS IS MR MMMLMMMLMM. JUNIOR. NOW LET ME THROUGH THE TURNSTILES.

As far as resale, well -- some in NYC find discarded Metrocards with a little value left on them, and "sell" swipes to people. They'll stand by the turnstiles and take people's money directly, then swiping the card they found. I do believe that the law doesn't exactly smile upon that enterprising application. PS they're not fare collectors
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From:jimmystagger
Date:March 1st, 2006 05:03 pm (UTC)
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A friend of mine who works as a token collector says fare evasion is going to triple because the people in the booths (who will apparently now be "customer service reps" or some such aren't gonna look at the cards.
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From:androidqueen
Date:March 1st, 2006 05:16 pm (UTC)

puzzle pirates

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maybe i should rejoin that game. all the cool kids are playing it.
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From:derspatchel
Date:March 1st, 2006 05:20 pm (UTC)

Re: puzzle pirates

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Don't know how long you've been away, but they've added a few new puzzles to crafting. I rather like shipwrighting, and alchemistry (what) is more enjoyable than the brewing puzzle ever was.
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From:mhaille
Date:March 1st, 2006 05:17 pm (UTC)
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I lost my shiny bote and titles when I let my subscription lapse. Bug Mela!

Also, you totally need to buy a crate o' hemp. All the cool kids are growing it in their shacks.
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From:derspatchel
Date:March 1st, 2006 05:19 pm (UTC)
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I still have my captain's hat tho I'm no longer an officer of anything. I just can't wear it. I can't even remember what crew I was on.
From:ungratefulninja
Date:March 1st, 2006 05:20 pm (UTC)
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If I show my face in Puzzle Pirates again I bet you my old captain will show up inside twenty minutes to scream at me for /gquitting without any warning.

Um.

Not that I'd ever do anything that antisocial.
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From:derspatchel
Date:March 1st, 2006 05:22 pm (UTC)
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Then you just say QUE NO SPEK ENGLISH and continue on your merry way.

I'm sure it's taken, but The Pirates Who Don't Do Anything would make a kickass crew name.
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From:markm
Date:March 1st, 2006 05:27 pm (UTC)
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I played puzzle pirates for a while in beta, but I was never on when other mudders were on, so I sort of driftwooded away.

My current MMORPG strategy is to play SWG until they release the 'trader' revamp, complain loudly that it is teh sux0rz, and then unsubscribe in the hopes that the Star Trek MMORPG will be better.
From:ungratefulninja
Date:March 1st, 2006 05:37 pm (UTC)
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Wait, NGE didn't send you running for the hills?

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