Friday, July 20, 2007

F%$$^%#& trains

I am about to get a new car, but the 'old' one (that I have to hand back to work in a couple of weeks) is due for a service, so I put it in this morning.

I then happily trundled (not sure how one trundles without a trolley of some sort, or even if that makes sense - I just think that a trolley sounds like an appropriate and necessary accessory for trundling, but I digress), ok walked, to the train station.

Now it is only in the last few years that I have driven to work, prior to that I always caught the train, so I am quite familiar with the steps required - buy a ticket, check the indicator, sit on the platform, sit on the train, and remember to get off at the right place. All pretty straight forward, I hear you thinking (I have VERY good hearing). Correct, until the little man who changes the tv screens to tell you which train is coming obviously got a little too, er, ENTHUSED, and changed the screen early so that the train that turned up was shown on the screen as going to the north shore from Strathfield, whereas it was actually going to RICHMOND.

Now I fairly quickly realised that I didn't want to be on this train. When I say fairly quickly, I mean fairly quickly AFTER the doors had closed and it was going off on a different track to my preference...

So I got to stand on Granville station for a while in the freezing bloody cold, catch a train back to lovely Strathfield, and then catch a (correctly labelled) train to work.

Damn #@$%@#%&#$* trains.... At least no covers blew off and nobody was electrocuted, so
I guess I shouldn't complain...

5 Comments:

At 1:43 pm, Blogger Mex said...

my friend stayed over on sunday night and was ever so amused at the novelty factor of the morning commute. i was most annoyed.

he thought it hilarious that i actually do enough bus travel to warrant a travel ten.

barst.

 
At 2:46 pm, Blogger Thursday's Child said...

God I live being able to walk to work.

Hehe WJ did you get that slight sinking feeling as you realised?

 
At 1:15 pm, Blogger Steph said...

Why doesn't fingers give you a double on his scooter? I bet it even has Latte cup holders on the handlebars.
Sweeeeet!

 
At 11:06 am, Blogger WJ said...

mex, nothing wrong with the travelten. who would pay full freight these days?

Thursday's child, I am v jealous. Walking to work would be great. And yes, I was reading a book and looked up to think that the view didn't look that familiar, then kept looking up more and more frequently as I realised I was definitely on the wrong line. Then had to wait another 5-8 minutes in that knowledge before the damned thing stopped...

Steph, apparently it is a Stealth Scooter, so they are probably Macchiato holders...

 
At 7:23 am, Anonymous SouthernBelle said...

oh man...

Bus system here is cheap ($1 every time you get on a bus), but unreliable & doesn't go everywhere.

I am sooo glad I got my license over here (BTW scarily easy compared to in NSW).

And - hahaha - I can drive on an international license whenever I come back to Oz to visit!

 

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