metro post!

April 15, 2010

Wow, I didn’t know this existed: a bathroom at a metro station. You realize that I have been wanting to see restrooms at metro stations for my entire DC existence (almost 6 years to be precise). You see, I have been cursed with a small bladder; apparently it runs in our family. How many times have you been on a long metro ride only to have an intense need to relieve yourself upon exiting the metro? I know it has happened to me one too many times, and apparently, Huntington has had the answer all along. Who knew?

I recommend you watch the video that I linked to above. I know that I cringed each time he went in to press a button. Can you imagine how many germs are on those things???!!! Time for some hand sanitizer.



February 17, 2010

Does anyone else find it incredibly annoying when you are sitting next to someone, usually on the metro (naturally), who will not stop sniffling? Dude, blow your nose. How is this so difficult? Whenever this happens, I am usually SO annoyed that I am forced to leave my seat in order to avoid the sniffler. The problem arises when it is a crowded train and getting up from my seat would mean touching a metro pole. Im not sure which option is worse. However, with each sniffle, my blood pressure rises and I’m just a little bit closer to pulling my hair out. Who wants to be interupted in their morning reading or game of air hockey (iPhone) every 10 or so seconds with the most annoying, gross sound ever? Not I. I’d rather hear you gabbing at 9am than that crap. Already I have heard at least 20 sniffles just writing this. Seriously buddy? Also, in my limited annoying sniffler experience, it is always a guy who is the culprit. Interesting.

On that note, I am being forced to move seats. Oh wait look! He just got up and moved. Was I doing something annoying? Regardless, saved. Gotta love the metro.

metro metro metro

January 26, 2010

I think I’m cool, I wear my sunglasses on the metro…

(For some reason those exact words popped in my head in the form of a song…I can sing it for you sometime if you’d like).

By the way, is anyone ever freaked out whenever a pay phone rings in a metro station? Honestly, I feel like I’m living out a scene in a horror movie every time it happens.

And one final note on metro…red line – seriously? Chalk up another two deaths to a metro accident. It really is starting to get to be quite unbelievable.

the morning commute

January 6, 2010

There are three phases to my morning commute. This morning, I was lucky to find blogworthy things that occurred during each phase. Here’s a little rundown for you…

Phase One: walk from apartment to metro
As I’ve blogged about before, the walk to the metro alone can really be quite entertaining. In only a few short blocks, an unlimited amount of comic material can transpire. This morning, as I was walking past a guy who was exiting his home, I heard him exclaim in all seriousness, “morning guys!” Being that there was no one else in the near vicinity besides a neighbor walking his dog, and he was looking in their general direction, I figured I could safely assume that “guys” was directed at both the neighbor and his dog. Shockingly, I only heard one response back.

Phase Two: the metro
In my day, I have witnessed one too many a person who will virtually charge through other commuters just to catch an arriving metro train. Because clearly, the most important thing in the world at that time is getting on that train. This morning, I saw a guy who ran full speed to make the train, but as he was boarding the train, the doors completely closed on him until he was stuck. For those of you not in DC, the metro doors are not like ordinary elevator doors. These things will close on you forcefully, trapping items like bags, coats, and body parts if you don’t heed the “doors closing” warning. Clearly, this guy was a bit overeager to get to work for some reason. Apparently he was not cognizant of the time (rush hour) and that another train would be coming in one minute. Preferring to make it to Phase Three with all body parts intact, I made the more logical decision to wait the extra 50 seconds for the next train to arrive. Who ever said I had poor decision making skills?

Phase Three: walk from metro to work
This phase consists of walking about two blocks from the metro station to work. If I’m exceptionally tired, sometimes I will stop at Starbucks on the way. This morning, as I was exiting Starbucks, coffee in hand, I noticed a cutie looking at me. Being the incredible flirt that I am, I ballsily smiled back at him. The other day at Starbucks, I noticed another cutie showing a bit of interest. After putting two and two together, I realized something – on both occasions, I had just washed my hair. Usually, I will go a day or two without washing it. Don’t worry, I shower. But styling my hair after it’s washed takes a heck of a lot of time when I could be sleeping. Plus, the natural oils are supposedly good for the hair. After Phase Three today, I determined that on days in which I do wash my hair, I get an awful lot of looks, whistles (obviously from the type of men I would be interested in), even some stares. Maybe waking up 20 minutes earlier to wash the mop on “off” days is something to consider.

The Year in Review

December 30, 2009

Time flies when you’re having fun, and on that note, another year has passed us by. Here’s a quick summary of some of the important things that stood out to me in 2009:

  1. Inauguration – first black President of the United States inaugurated on January 20, 2009. This alone was historical. But what made it even more surreal was being in DC during this time and being a part of the celebration. I have never seen anything like that in my life and I feel incredibly lucky to have been a part of it all.
  2. Metro disasters of 2009 – this, on the other hand, is something I’d rather forget. No doubt everyone heard about the nine deaths in June on the red line. Apparently, the death toll for 2009 is now at 12. As recently as this past Sunday, another person was struck by a metro train. Will this madness ever end?
  3. Move to DC – I finally made the move in May.  While I was initially pretty homesick for Arlington and do sometimes miss living in the Clarendon bubble, I can now say that DC has grown on me. I love the convenience, I love the diversity of the people, I love being able to walk everywhere. I officially love it. Really, what was I thinking living in Arlington for almost 5 years? My Clarendon days can be summarized in their entirety by the Arlington Rap. One of the few things Arlington has going for it are my friends and Goody’s. But, I still love you ATown.
  4. Michael Jackson’s death – sad.
  5. Tiger Woods – I’m so sick of this story that I choose not to elaborate on it, but figured I had to mention it here.
  6. UConn beats Notre Dame…in football – in case you live under a rock, UConn beat Notre Dame, in South Bend no less, on November 21, 2009. I love my UConn basketball, but you can’t beat a good football game, and this was a historic win. After only six years (is that right?) as a 1-A program, Huskies football is officially legit. Next year, we play Michigan..holla. And don’t forget to check us out in the Papa John’s Bowl this Saturday at 2pm.  Unfortunately here I do have to mention the senseless killing of cornerback Jasper Howard. RIP
  7. DC Blizzard of ’09 – DC gets pelted with almost two feet of snow in December, bringing the city to a standstill. Even though the storm was on a Saturday, the feds closed the following Monday, which I really couldn’t complain about. Having a storm like this in December begs the question – what is in store for the rest of the winter?
  8. Sara becomes more domestic – by domestic, I mean I started to cook this past fall. A miracle in itself, I know. But I am actually enjoying being creative in the kitchen, when just this past summer, the most I did was make grilled cheese (with the cheese, if I was lucky) once every two months. Not bad if I do say so myself. Guess that’s what these cold winter months will do to you.
  9. I realized how lucky I am – most of you probably know that we had some illness in our family this past year, and we were successfully able to get through the tough times together. Unfortunately, I know of many others who were not as lucky. I am thankful that my family is now healthy and we have only emerged stronger from this year’s adversity. Tough times like these make you realize what is really important in life, and that is family and friends. Make the most of your time with them while you still have it. Love you guys.
  10. Health reform passes – I didn’t think this would actually happen this year, if ever in my lifetime, but it actually has. We only have to get through conference, and let the madness begin. After not being able to successfully pass reform since Medicare and Medicaid were created in 1965, it is pretty much a miracle.
  11. Ted Kennedy passes away – was shocked to see this on the news this past August morning. While we all knew he was afflicted with brain cancer, there was no warning that he would pass so suddenly. If there is a bright side to look at here, we passed health reform in his name and I think it fueled the fire.
  12. DC records lowest homicide rate in 40 years – This year, only 138 deaths have been recorded due to homicide in the District. Fine, Arlington only had 2 this year (yes – TWO!!!! see Clarendon bubble). Despite 138 seeming high, it is 25% lower than last year. Compared to the 479 homicides in 1991, 138 is a walk in the park. Are you kidding me with 479?
  13. Still single – a friend once told me the old wive’s tale that if a girl wear’s red panties on New Years Eve, she will be proposed to within the year. I wore red panties on NYE last year, and as far as I can tell, am still single. But hey, while the lack of sex certainly sucks, I’d rather be single than in an unsatisfactory relationship or an unhappy marriage. Call me picky, but in my old age and with some extensive, excrutiatingly painful experience, I have finally determined what I am looking for in a man. Here’s to meeting him in 2010. Maybe I’ll test out some black panties this year.
  14. Drank too much – I know this is also hard to believe, but DC got the best of me again in 2009 and I partied entirely too much. Way more so than I would like to admit.  I don’t know if it was a combination of boating, my delinquent friends, Dewey debauchery, or a combination of all of the above, but I plan to make 2010 a much slower drinking year, which is a good thing. And yes, I am still planning to do the Dew, don’t fret.
  15. Sara discovers blogging – last, but probably most importantly, I discovered blogging. While I’ve only been in the game for a few months now, boy, has it been a ride. Looking to go bigtime soon (i.e. publish web address on facebook). I even have randoms reading the thing, although I have no clue how they got a hold of it. Your readership and compliments on the blog keep me going – thanks for all the encouragement! This whole blogging thing is entirely too much fun.

That’s about all I’ve got for you now folks. 2009 has been a joy, but it’s time to move on to bigger and better things in 2010. Only time will tell what life has in store for us. Celebrate what you’ve accomplished in 2009, and think positively for 2010. Happy new year everyone!

the crowd at President Obama's Inauguration

our view of the Inauguration

metro blogging material is endless

December 28, 2009

I’m blogging on the metro. I am sitting in the handicap seats, obviously. Dude across from me is blatantly picking his nose. This is no average pick. He must be digging for gold or something. My guess is that he ate it too, but I’m not entirely certain; the dig was so disgusting that I had to look away. He also makes this odd grunting noise every 10 seconds or so. Perhaps he actually belongs in the handicap seats. Or shall I call them seats for retarded people?

By the way, have any of my DC readers been graced with the presence of this one highly entertaining metro driver? I was just on his train. He is so excited about driving the train; always livens up the commute. It usually goes something like this “orange line train to Vieeennnnaaa.” He talks like a gameshow host or something. I suppose riding metro can sometimes be like a game with the randomness that happens on it, so that is fitting. Just glad he wasn’t one of the drivers axed for the many metro issues of 2009.

Throwback blog post – Gotta Love the Metro

November 5, 2009

My sister asked that I copy and paste some Myspace throwback blog posts.  This was my first blog dated May 27, 2006 called “Gotta Love the Metro”…

I had a wonderful metro experience today that I figured I’d share with you all.  Stuck underground during rush hour for an apparent ’emergency situation’ in which they had to ‘single track’ (what in the h*ll does that even mean?) for a good, say, 45 minutes.  Wouldn’t be so bad if I had a seat or it wasn’t rush hour, because you have to love people with horrendous breath literally breathing in your face and not being able to move out of the way because there literally is no where to move to.  Good luck claustrophobics.

However, this does not top my all-time favorite metro story.  There is of course the obvious young men pushing old women out of the way to be the first one on the train and people sticking their hands in the door at the last minute to slow everything down despite the next train coming in 2 minutes.  And I love it when you have the good spot leaning against the wall and get out at a stop to let people out and in, only to have that person you just let in take over your spot.  But my favorite was when I was standing next to someone who was standing up grading papers (my guess is that she was a teacher or professor of some sort).  The train suddenly jerked violently (shocking, I know) and next thing I know, her blue pen had stabbed me in the forearm, only to leave a large pen mark there.  I would have accepted a simple apology for this rare occassion, however, the woman simply looked at my arm and then went back to grading papers without even acknowledging the fact that she had just written all over me.  So that leads me to an entirely new blog for a future date…Rude DC People.  Stay tuned my friends….