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A tiny post about the short lived, dinky message board…

May 25th, 2003 by Conductor

05/25/2003 – Ok, so now there’s a message board. This could be really good, or the second worst thing I’ve ever done (see 5/11 update). Ah well, at least I can just delete this one if things go horribly wrong.

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Return of the neglectful webmaster (or this post needed a title)

May 11th, 2003 by Conductor

05/11/03 – Apologies for the lack of any updates. I’ve really neglected my web sites over the past year. Among other distractions, my personal life was basically torn to shreds by someone who wouldn’t know a good thing if it walked up to her and chopped her hand off like Darth Vader did to Luke Skywalker in The Empire Strikes Back.* And yes, I am bitter about it. Emotional investments like that are rare for me and to be honest I’d be happy if the ground opened up and swallowed her and I never had to see or hear her ever again. But enough about that. Not worth the time or energy; never was, and never will be.

Since last summer, I’ve been the happy owner of a 2003 Subaru WRX, the one bright spot in my life. I’ve been working my ass off for 3 years at my current job, and it was time for a new car. The ignominy of having to rent a car in my own town if I wanted to go somewhere on my own schedule had to stop. And stop it has!

$2.00 for a one way trip? No improvement in service, and the system as a whole is as bad if not worse than when I first put up this site, over 4 years ago now. I’m so glad I have a new car.

For the past three years, I’ve basically been taking a cab to the Franklin Avenue Station rather than ride from Church Avenue to Times Square on my way to work. The reasons for this can be found in Tales from the Track #1. The rest of the tales should be up soon, as I’m in a good writing mood lately. Anyway, that cab ride costs $7.00 a day, or about what I spend on lunch on average. So my total winds up being $11.00 a day for a lousy ride with drivers who should have their licenses revoked forever, followed by a ride that could be swift and uneventful, or turn into some hellish journey that would make Odysseus (Ulysses for you Roman mythology buffs) shed a sympathetic tear, so comical (in the Shakespeare sense) you just want to go home and stay in bed forever. It costs me $22.00 a day to park my car in Midtown, which is actually a decent rate. I don’t include gas since I tank up every week and a half anyway. While I still only drive to work twice a week (Monday & Friday), it’s becoming more and more tempting to push it to 3 or 4 days.

* – 6/9/2008 At this point in time I’d like to apologize for the utterly pathetic Star Wars reference in this post. It sounds worse each time I read it, but that’s what I wrote at the time, so it stays. The rest of it is pure bitter angry dude venting, which I’m fine with. Better that than bottle it up and let it eat away at you.

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