Having been nailed by the L train outage myself, would like to add to the grievances. The MTA is ridiculous for not running a shuttle bus over the bridge to connect Union Square to the Lorimer stop. Actually, the MTA is ridiculous for needing to do so much L train work that it's out on holidays (when otherwise the MTA makes every effort to stop work and keep each line in service).
@brianvan Oh no, the MTA did absolutely nothing of the sort this weekend with nearly every line in Brooklyn being under construction.
@brianvan Drive to Buffalo –>JFK—>airtran —>wait for the LIRR (grrr) —> Atlantic Terminal —-> Q train not running —> wait for shuttle bus —-> shuttle bus to Prospect Park —-> transfer to Q train (wait for Q) —-> finally home in tears after realizing that I waited around the MTA longer than I spent on my plane. :(
It ended in tears, just the way the good Lord intended.
@jolie : I would also have accepted "in slow motion, diving away from a massive fireball".
@jolie Mine also ended in tears. But it began in tears (and an emergency appendectomy) so…full circle I guess.
I had to fly from Richmond VA to Columbus Ohio via Charlotte at 5 am, so fuck you very much, people who live in a city with a public transit network complex enough that you can actually route around outages!
Under the right conditions, the 78-81 junction northeast of Harrisburg turns out to be about as awful as the New Jersey Turnpike Interchange.
@dntsqzthchrmn If you're the guy in the white Cherokee who decided the Susquehanna looks just lovely in high beams, we're gonna have to have a little talk.
@Multiphasic Oh, I got through before the headlights came on. Only to park on 70 for another hour.
ATL (first class) > LGA (20 min. early) > car service > home
@Clarence Rosario Where's the "thumbs down" on this thing??
Why would you take the A to the F to the J to the G? You an take the A right to the G and you can also take the F right to the G if you can't figure out how to take the A to the G. I don't have much sympathy for someone who can't read a subway map or plan ahead.
how about the A to the 7 to the G? The 7 to the G transfer is soo much nicer with the enclosed escalator
@jbsquare Or, y'know, the E that is running on the exact same platform. Come on, didn't we spend an entire day vindicating the E?
@Multiphasic forgot about the E. I feel though the transfer from th 7 to the G is shorter than the trail of tears one walks from the E to the G
@jbsquare Wait, is this a travel description or guitar tablature?
I rode two planes to get from BWI to LAX. By the time I was doing the second descent, my ears were making grinding sounds like rubbing sandpaper over gravel instead of popping.
Please don't make me choose between The Awl and the radio – I do love my "Traffic and Weather Together" updates.
Bought a Cuban sandwich in Danville, PA.
That ends up being a sort of metaphor my many missteps as a human being.
@Multiphasic Any tips re roadside eats of Pennsylvania? After my third bad rest stop Arby's in three months, I decided to start looking for decent restaurants a few miles off the highway.
@dntsqzthchrmn Since I'm doing the Baltimore to Bucknell run to see my sister, I actually take 83. But back when I was living in Brooklyn and doing that trip out 80, Wawas were an anthropological immersion of Yanomamo proportions.
@Multiphasic Yes. The Wawa at the 476 exit has been a last oasis many a trip. No good diners in Lewisburg, though? College towns usually have something. I like Green Bowl in State College, for example, but that's farther than you go, and it's a ways off the interstate.
@dntsqzthchrmn Dammit, now that you mention it, there is a killer sub stand in Lewisburg, but I need to ask the sis for the name–plus the Old Forge in Danville has good sandwiches as long as you're smart enough to run quickly away from anything even faintly nonanglophone (jerk blank, cajun blank, Cuban sandwich).
The sis can get you a list. I will consult.
@Multiphasic Awesome. Thank you.
It really started when my car decided to spray oil everywhere and break down 70 miles from my destination. It ended with a warm, Bulleit Rye smile.
psst, the A train connects to the G train. Save yourself two transfers next time!
Made it back from the Catskills in a little over an hour, only to sit on the BQE for 90 minutes. VACATION ERASED.
I had no issues with my travels (where were all the travelers?! The airports were empty!), besides listening to the kid next to me flailingly try to pick up the girl in the seat next to him from boarding to landing. But my God, what would I give for the the Atlantic Terminal planners to have thought, if you're going to connect the Air Train to LIRR directly to the subway, put a goddamm escalator in SOMEWHERE. Hauling a suitcase up and down stairs to only find that a train isn't running starts to find the end of a travelers fuse. But hey, small quibbles.
@Maevemealone I feel your pain! I would also take signs that show you where's the best exit for different buses, but that would be helpful.
@happymisanthrope It could be worse, I could have driven home.
@Maevemealone That's what you get for driving in Pennsylvania.
sex; really good sex.
@HiredGoons So, then, same as Jolie.
Why wouldn't you just connect directly from the A to the G at Hoyt?
Should've taken that ol' DC to Brooklyn "Hipster Bus" (bafflingly named theknowitexpress), that is, if it didn't fail in its first months of operation…
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