July 2008

Ok–I think I finally have this commute from hell thing down pat and it only took me six years! I found these rollers ( they are called Pillowsoft) that are made of spongy material covered with a cloth lined with bendable wire so you just roll up your hair and twist it around so it stays in place. I believe I got them at the drug store. You could probably get them at a K-mart or Walmart (although I never shop at Walmart but thats a long story) OR you could order them on the Internets. There is no hard plastic or metal involved they are easy to sleep on and then the next day it only takes me 7-10 minutes to do my hair! Since gas prices are so high more and more people are taking public transportation,  I have to get to the parking lot about a half hour before the last bus or I don’t get a parking spot. I don’t have time to linger in the morning.

This morning I saw Well Groomed. She was wearing a short sleeve solid white top with a long sleeved striped button up shirt over it (she wore it unbuttoned). So cute! She got a hair cut so presumably it takes her less time to be well groomed!

An elderly tired looking woman drove up with a guy I think was her son. She got out and her son changed seats to take over the wheel. He was tall and skinny and was wearing a dirty t shirt and jean shorts riddled with holes and frayed on the bottom. His unruly mop of hair was bunched up under a sun visor and he had a scraggy mustache and beard. He looked to be in his 40s. What a catch huh?? Probably not working and still living at home with mom. Every womans dream. No wonder his mom looked so tired.

I brought a book to read on the bus, Mary Queen of Scots by Antonia Fraser. I am never happier than when I have a huge historical biography to read. Yes–I am a nerd. I valiantly tried to read it but ended up snoozing instead. The bus driver was talkative so the bus driver groupies were happy. The bus driver got a call from a driver on another bus trying to warn him of bad traffic but our bus driver boasted, “Oh, I sailed right through that stuff!” I thought to myslef, “What do you want? A gold star?”

Its supposed to be wicked hot today (heat index in the 100s) so I applied copious amounts of sun screen this morning right out of the shower.

One of the escalators wasn’t working at metro center. GRR.

We are trying to get Ophelia used to a combing routine. This morning I combed her. It was semi successful as she let me comb the top of her. She had lost interest when I tried to brush her stomach.

Not at eventful commute today. I wore another new outfit: black capri pants and a white and black patterned, peasant style top. The weather is cloudy and overcast. Even Jaunty was somewhat muted as she was wearing a tan cotton jacket with a tan and gray skirt. Hah–I finally out-jaunted Jaunty! I haven’t seen Miss Piggy, Tubby or Well Groomed, they must be on vacation. I sat in the back of the bus and snoozed. At the Archives/Navy Memorial Metro stop there was a bus load of young sailors in uniform and those cute little hats. Had I been 20 years younger and not married, I might have gotten off there and said, “Hey sailor, new in town?”

At Metro Center I bought a copy of the Post and read about Monica Not-So-Goodling and the Department of Injustice’s latest scandals.

“[First name of a candidate]! and pre/2 [last name of a candidate] w/7 bush or gore or republican! or democrat! or charg! or accus! or criticiz! or blam! or defend! or iran contra or clinton or spotted owl or florida recount or sex! or controvers! or racis! or fraud! or investigat! or bankrupt! or layoff! or downsiz! or PNTR or NAFTA or outsourc! or indict! or enron or kerry or iraq or wmd! or arrest! or intox! or fired or sex! or racis! or intox! or slur! or arrest! or fired or controvers! or abortion! or gay! or homosexual! or gun! or firearm!”

— A type of Internet search string recommended to Goodling by her predecessor. Read More

Updated to add the following:

Tourists ARGHH ___ the bane of my existence.  They clog Metro entrance ways, kiosks and escalators.  When they use their metro cards they stand and scratch their heads.  Its simple–you put the card in here, it comes out here and you pull it out and go. Sheesh.  OK, I admit I got confused in the beginning too but darn it I forget that when I’m running to catch my bus.  They also don’t know the escalator rules, left side walks up.  They clog the whole escalator and I can’t walk up. GRRRR.

There was some huge motorcade along with police escort at metro center today.  Maybe Jenna ran out of  beer and cigarettes!

On my drive home I was behind some A-hole in a gas guzzling SUV with a flag magnet and FOUR-Count ’em-FOUR “support the troops” magnets.  What a super duper mega patriot!  I got to chuckle though thinking the guy probably pays $100.00 bucks to fill up his magnet holder’s gas tank.

I took a vacation last week so today’s manic Monday was more difficult than most. My cat, Ophelia, was especially cute this morning purring and rolling on her back so it was hard to leave her! I bought some new shoes and clothes over my holiday and actually got up and blow-dried my hair! “Hah!” I thought! “I’ll surely rival Jaunty!”

My ride to the bus stop was uneventful. They were playing some especially beautiful string music on my classical music radio station. However, they’ve started to do this wine tasting thing which annoys me. Two pretentious men report on their wine tasting discoveries. This morning they critqued a “sensual and robust” Spanish wine. Don’t you just hate it when they use these type of adjectives to describe wine? They sound like they are talking about women and I think thats why it annoys me so much–especially on a manic Monday!

There was a flurry of buses at the commuter bus parking lot–three in a row! So I got a good seat. I noticed Jaunty who took a seat up front. Not to be outdone she wore an orange cotton jacket with a black skirt adorned with orange flowers. She’s so Jaunty! The bus driver was one who doesn’t interact with the bus driver groupies–she actually concentrates on her driving!

Since I’m going to see Bruce (Bruuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuce) in mid August I decided to listen to The River album which is on my IPOD. Bruce and me go way back. I had heard of him in the early 70s because he played mainly mid-Atlantic venues when he and the E-Street Band first started out. I didn’t really get into him until the Fall of 1975 when he appeared simultaneously on the covers of Time and Newsweek hailed as the “new Dylan” and the future of rock (I have seen the future of rock and roll and his name is Bruce Springsteen). His Born to Run album had just been released (albums were just $5.00 bucks back then) and I high tailed it down to the record store and bought it. That was a defining moment in my teenage years. Songs like Born to Run appealed to me in a “teenage wasteland” kinda way but the song Thunder Road! SWOON! Bruce perfectly captured in his lyrics what small town life was like in the latter part of the 20th century.

The screen door slams, Mary ,her dress sways. Like a vision she dances across the porch as the radio plays“.

Of course I played it constantly and annoyed my parents to no end! BTW Bruce has a song about a girl named Mary on every one of his albums. It must have been all that Catholic “schoolin'”! I went to Catholic School too so I totally understood.

There was no traffic so the bus was on time. At the metro all the escalators were working. There was a lovely breeze flowing as I trudged up the hill to “Whatsa Matta U”, where I work.

Tour of U.S.Capital Building

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FDR Memorial

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DC and capital region tourist film

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DC at rush hour!

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DC Metro

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WWII Memorial

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