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06:00 am: the commuter rail is breaking my heart, 10 minutes at a time
I've been taking the commuter rail to work for 8 years. For years, I mostly took the 7:53 train in the morning. Last spring, the MBTA switched the schedule to 7:51. That's cool, I can stand being at work 2 minutes earlier.

Except the train arrives on time so rarely that it approaches zero. It's not actually zero, which is the very worst part. Every once in a while (like once a month), the train shows up on time. So I can't plan around the train being late. I show up on time, and the train almost inevitably comes whizzing by... in the wrong direction. It's generally 10-15 minutes late (not usually late enough, I might note, to get a free ride).

Big deal, eh? Why whine?

Because that fucking train is eating into my time with my son. It's just about killing me to be in the office every day anyway, but to stand there waiting for an asymptotic train? That's breaking my heart. That's 10-15 minutes every single day that I could be snuggling or reading him a book or playing I'm gonna get you/you can't get me or feeding him yogurt with sprinkles or whatever. An hour a week (not including the less-consistently late evening train, which also sucks). Four hours a month. That's a lot of damned time that I'm missing out, that I will never have back, just standing around waiting for a damned train because the MBTA won't admit that it's not a 7:51 train (or even a 7:53 train): it's more like an 8:02 train.

Fuckers.

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Teddy and I were snuggling on the sofa this morning (for 10 minutes fewer than we could have, motherfucking MBTA). His feet were cold, so I suggested that I get him his slippers.

"NO SWIPPERS!"

"OK, no swippers."

"NO! SLLLLLLLLLLIPPERS."

"OK, no slippers."

"NO!" :pause: "No clippers." :many giggles:

"You wear nail clippers on your feet? That's silly! Or do you mean clipper ships?" [er... not that wearing clipper ships on his feet would be any less silly than wearing nail clippers]

"Clipper ships?"

"Did you know there are boats called clipper ships?"

"Clipper ships? I wanna see them!"

"Shall we go upstairs and look at them on the computer?"

"Yes, please!"

So we went upstairs to look at clipper ships on the computer.

"I'd like to live on that clipper ship someday."

"You want to live on a clipper ship? Daddy would like that!"

Peter called from the other room: "That'll be just Teddy and Daddy. Ships make Mommy puke."

Alas, 'tis true. We do plan to take Teddy to the USS Constitution next summer, however (eep! on a visit to Boston, I guess... there are things we'll miss when we move).

Current Location: Boston
Current Mood: pissed offmad at the T; happy with Teddy

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From:bookbat1
Date:November 13th, 2007 02:56 pm (UTC)
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is it just me, or was the commuter rail a LOT more efficient when Amtrak(of all things) ran it? I took that darned thing to school/work every day for about two years, and it was always fine--I caught the 7:14 and was at school by 8. funny how they could move the CR along, but on amtrak's own trains it was an absolute NIGHTMARE.

also, what is your timeline for (SNIFF) moving?
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From:katehaney
Date:November 13th, 2007 04:49 pm (UTC)

too true

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I understand that Amtrak is under-funded and their service needs serious improvement. Totally true.

My current grievance is around setting expectations: don't pretend you can do a train at 7:51 when it's very clear you can't.

BLARGH.

and (SNIFF) in the spring.
From:(Anonymous)
Date:November 13th, 2007 04:03 pm (UTC)
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Wait a second!!!!! When are you moving? And where? I must have completely missed this? Rebecca D.
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From:katehaney
Date:November 13th, 2007 04:51 pm (UTC)

moving

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We plan to move to Western Mass in the spring. Probably either Longmeadow or South Hadley. We want to be someplace with good schools and more space (both indoors and out). Boston schools suck. If we moved anywhere nearby where schools don't suck, we'd have to make serious compromises - like a much smaller house or a serious fixer-upper.

Unless forced to do so, we really don't want to make those compromises. But we'll miss Boston.
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From:occhi_cinesi
Date:November 13th, 2007 07:01 pm (UTC)

Okay...

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The train sucking time away from your time with Teddy is not cool.

But I know of a sail boat, in Newport, that loves to host little kids (yes, for awhile, even ss, definitely my little one, and yours of course!).

So even though you may be farther away... you'll need to do Newport for a sailboat trip of little kids. It's a lot of fun!
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From:katehaney
Date:November 13th, 2007 07:11 pm (UTC)

Sailboat!

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Excellent! Teddy will love that.
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