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Comments while watching FOX local news [13 Oct 2006|04:31am]

Dear Massachusetts GOP,

Re: Gubernatorial race

The best thing you can come up with is that Patrick, as a lawyer, defended a cop killer; and that his running mate, as a lawyer, defended sex offenders?

Yes, when you are accused of a crime, you get a lawyer. I know your party is trying hard to change that (and the Democrats are letting you do it), but it is still the case.

New parking meters in Boston take credit cards. You put your card in a machine and it prints out a slip that you put on your windshield.

This means that you can no longer use the remaining time from the person who was in the spot before you.

These machines are rather ugly. I haven't seen them lined up on the street yet but I have to think it's going to look weird.

This opens up more surveillance possibilities. Quarters don't have your name on them, but your card does. We all know we're headed that way anyway. (The machines do still take cash.)

Snow in Detroit already? Wow.

A goose is walking around with an arrow shot through its torso.

Animal handling people restrain the goose and remove the arrow.

FOX newscaster says she hopes they "find whoever did this, if it was malicious." Yeah. I'm sure they've got lots of leads. They've got detectives working in shifts.

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MBTA disconnections [13 Oct 2006|02:55pm]
I just waited 30 minutes for a bus to work. There should have been 2 buses in that time -- a 553 and a 554. Instead there were none. There were people at the stop when I got there too, so who knows how long it had been in total.

Eventually a 556 showed up, which I took to Newton Corner, thinking I could connect with the 504 -- a vastly inferior route to work.

A 504 was waiting when we got there. Our driver knew that we wanted to connect with a Downtown bus, so he pulled up behind it and honked several times. We hopped out and ran to catch it. We were alongside the 504 when it pulled away! Had to run him down at the next traffic light. Then turns out his shiny new fare collector was broken.

Grrr. I see this happen a lot. The drivers / schedulers make no effort to adjust in order for connections to happen. This is contrary to what I saw in San Francisco, where they announced that they were sitting for a minute to do just that.
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