Today I took a later bus. I got to the bus stop at about 7:00am and when I got in line I saw Jaunty (she was wearing a dark coat with a perky “Christmassy” pin. She didn’t wear a hat so as to not mar her perfectly coiffed hairdo) so I realized I missed the earlier bus that the “in” crowd won’t take because they don’t like the driver. The bus arrived with the acceptable driver about five minutes later. This bus is usually very crowded but amazingly I got a good seat. We hit traffic so I didn’t get to Metro Center until well after 8:00am. GRRR. My 60 minute bus ride was at least 70-75 minutes today. Almost all the escalators were traffic-jam-washington-dc-24working except for the MAIN one. There were a bunch of workmen testing it by trying to walk UP the thing. Don’t ask. As I was leaving my Metro stop I heard an announcement that the red line was delayed because of a sick passenger at one of the stations. When that happens they throw everyone off the train and then the now empty train “sits” until the emergency is resolved. They then have to “double track” (use only one side of the track) which clogs the trains and results in delays on both sides. Delays can be anywhere from 10 minutes to hours. I think normally I am a pretty kind person (ok maybe not–depending on who you talk to). But delays on the Metro causes my patience to wear thin and I start to think very un-Christian-like thoughts. When I have these godless pagan reactions to human tragedy I turn to Betty Bowers, America’s Best Christian for spiritual guidance. Whew. Thanks Betty.

recession2So today it was announced on the Internets that we are Officially in a “Recession”. Counting back I realized this was the FOURTH recession in my lifetime. The first one was the recession/matched with inflation and energy crisis in the early ’70s. Then there was the early ’80s recession/inflation/energy crisis, massive unemployment (which happened to be about the time I joined the workforce. FUN!). The next one was in the early ’90s (its the economy stupid). That brings us up to now. This latest recession seems to be on par with the one in the early 80s (that one was severe). I don’t think its near “Great Depression” status—YET. However, this thing hasn’t bottomed out. I think its going to get a lot worse before it starts to get any better. Hopefully I’ll be able to hang onto my job and house. They already put on a hiring freeze where I work.

I have added some links about the Inaugural (look to your right). Be warned! They are expecting up to FOUR million people to descend on DC to attend this thing. There is talk of movie screens being put up in stadiums for people to “view” the Inaugural (Thus, to me, negating the experience) since there is not enough room for them on the streets. They aren’t sure whether they can accommodate parking for buses let alone cars. Lodging will be scarce. Plus you will have to wait hours out of doors even if you have tickets. Its cold here in January. If you plan on attending start making arrangements now and buy some thermal underwear. I plan to watch it at home on the sofa snuggled up with my kitty and a hot cup o’ joe.

In honor of the Inaugural lets take a look at an Inaugural Address that is possibly the best one of the 20th century

Bruce Springsteen is debuting his new single Lucky Day today!

You can see it on his myspace page as well as get information on his new album Working on a Dream

This morning the disgruntled commuter (DC) had an uneventful ride to the commuter bus parking lot. In the mornings I listen to classical music as I find it to be a peaceful and relaxing way to start the day. I heard a beautiful waltz written by the “Waltz King” Johan Strauss.

I know Strauss is the waltz king because they still taught music appreciation when I went to school. When I arrived the bus was already in the lot so I had to scurry to make it. It was quite full so I had to share a seat with someone who was listening to her IPOD. The volume was quite high on her IPOD and I could hear the rap music she was listening to. The DC is not a fan of rap music so I put on my own IPOD and listened to Elton John’s classic album (The DC is a child of the 70s and prefers the term album to CD or Mp3 or whatever else techno crap term they are calling music compilations these days) Goodbye Yellow Book Road. Elton John may be a foppish clown now but in the 70s his music was cutting edge rock. Many a night the DC drifted off to sleep while listening to GBYBR, Madman Across the Water, Tumbleweed Connection, Don’t Shoot I’m Only the Piano Player and Honky Chateau. Elton penned a mean ballad too which sent my adolescent heart a flutter when I heard songs like: Harmony, Tiny Dancer, Your Song and Daniel. But I digress. Towards the end of my bus ride as we neared a stop a car cut off the bus. The bus came to a jolting halt and a woman fell down in the center aisle. The DC and other concerned passengers made sure she wasn’t hurt. I’m not sure the bus driver even noticed the woman fell as he was busily chatting with the bus driver groupies up in the front. The DC then noticed that Well Groomed was a passenger when she exited the bus. She was wearing a lovely brown jacket and pants ensemble. When I got to the metro naturally the escalator wasn’t working. Grrr.

The ride home was uneventful. All the metro escalators were working! Yay! The bus arrived shortly after I got to the stop. I listened Mozart on my ipod and snoozed. As I was getting off the bus I noticed Jaunty! She was wearing a one piece white jumper with blue and red circles on it. She actually semi-smiled at me!