this morning randall and i left the house at the same time, and since he was taking the 101, i had him drop me off at church station. i got to the platform and then waited. and waited and waited. The sign said next muni 23 minutes, but the announcer kept saying there was one at west portal (which would've been 5 minutes). I probably waited about 15.
When the train finally arrived, i hopped in and we went speeding towards Van Ness station. Only we never really got to Van Ness as the train in front of us had issues. Once their issues were clear, we had issues, and so we waited and waited and waited some more. Then we were at the platform, but the doors didn't open. The driver said she couldn't open anything but the front car's front door (does that seem crazy to anyone else). So we had to wait while a technician came to check out our propulsion system (which was why we weren't moving), and for the main office to "release the doors." That took at least 15 minutes. Then the doors opened, and the technician was working on it. It was a total dilemma, get off and go take the F train (a 20+ minute journey) or stay and wait. In the end I stayed and waited. It took 10 more minutes and I kept wondering if I made the right choice. I think I did, but who knows. Either way, it was a long journey.
I got to work 60 minutes after I left my house. Randall got to Redwood City in less than that. In fact I'm pretty sure he made it from Church station to Redwood City in the time it took me to get from Church station to Van Ness. Interestingly enough, I noticed someone reading the paper in the train, and the frontpage had a story on how the employee overtime is draining muni. I dunno, insert your own bad joke about delayed trains and overtime here.
ps. "the 101" ? shit, do i live in LA or something?