Rain again. The weather conditions caused the usual brain cramp on the roads which caused backups and buses to be late. When I got to my commuter bus stop the line was in a large coil underneath the shelter so that everyone stayed dry. When I got there I saw Tubby (wearing a light rain coat) and Jaunty (camels hair coat) joined the line not long after I did. Let me explain “The Line” rules ( the line is the order in which people get on the bus).

lineLine Rules

  • There is NO excuse for cutting in the line. This includes saving a place for friends. If this rule is violated it is possible the violator would experience bodily harm by the violatees. Exception: if you want to grab a smoke you can put your backpack/sack/purse down on the ground in your place until you get back.
  • The line rules are NEVER explained to new comers. This is not problematic except times when a new bus stop is added in town. In cases such as this it is more than likely a rider would not know the beginning of the line from the end. If a person dares step in the wrong end of the line he or she is subject to jeers, threats, mean looks, shouts, an occasional “oh no she didn’t” and a black stain will forever be etched in the memories of the other riders about you (until someone else “disrespects” the line). I’ve seen this and believe me its NOT pretty!
  • If you are in town and the bus is prevented from stopping at the designated location because another bus or metro bus is in that spot or traffic is backed up, those in the line must RESPECT the rules and let those in front of them go first. If that rule isn’t followed see above for possible recriminations.

I have seen people break into a trot when vying for a choice “spot” in THE LINE. Honestly! Once at Metro Center a woman spied me on her way towards “THE LINE” and ran past me which was kind of funny because she was wearing high heels.

I managed to get on the 7:10 bus but we ran into traffic so we lost time there. ALL of the escalators at Metro Center had outages, both outside and in. Luckily all the escalators were working at my designation stop.

The upshot was I left my home at 6:20am and got to work at 9:00pm.

I haven’t seen “well groomed” in awhile. I wonder if she got a new job or is on vacation.

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.

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!