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Old January 31st, 2006, 12:53 PM
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As I have stated, when your commute is 130 miles each way, stuff tends to happen. In the 8 years I have been at this I have quite a few. Brenda from Canada asked if I kept a journal. Well, no, but I have quite a few stories. I won't provide gory details, but the titles alone tell the story in most cases:

1. The dead commuter (twice so far)
2. The woman who owns the Chambers Street Subway Station.
3. A first date and my Bus has no Air Conditioning.
4. Getting out of the City during the Blackout (or Snowstorm or Hurricane)
5. Greenwich Villiage at 50 mph with Sal the bus driver
6. Back of the Bus Tryst
7. Five Beers and the Stuck Lavatory Door
6. The Topless Convertible
7. Why didn't You Guys Wake Me Up?
8. The lost driver.
9. Can someone sit up front and help the driver find his way?
10. Vice President Gore loses 50 votes.
11. President Bush loses 50 votes.
12. I am the Driver, so you can shut up and sit down.
13. What do you mean I am on the wrong bus?


Well there is a bakers dozen. Any other intrepid commuters out there with fun stories?
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Old January 31st, 2006, 02:30 PM
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I have read many wild and zany accounts from you about your commutes.
You have a talent for colorful reporting.
I hope you can keep them coming.

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Old January 31st, 2006, 02:36 PM
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I won't provide gory details, but the titles alone tell the story in most cases:
But what if we WANT to hear the gory details??

Go ahead . . I'm listening . . hee hee
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Old January 31st, 2006, 08:34 PM
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Let's see, I have seen the Police hop on the train in my station, and arrest a couple of teenagers who had just gotten on with bikes stolen from the station parking area. Other than that, it's usually a boring commute, so I retreat with my Walkman.

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Unfortunately Doug I actually get a kick out of reading about your commute each morning. Truly a 130 mile commute from NJ into NYC provides for some real adventures. I have had a tree fall across all 4 lanes of the highway literally a foot in front of my car. I've sat in 14 hours of traffic trying to get from NYC to Norrthern Westchester during flooding rains. Gram was once part of (not her fault) an 8 car and one tractor trailer accident involving a fatality. She was once hit from behind as the fifth car in a six car chain reaction accident caused by a drugged out guy who was violent and arrested on the scene. But that is over 30 years of commuting. It seems NJ provides you with almost daily entertainment.
Keep the stories coming.
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My driving stories all revolve around being broken down by the side of the road. Let's just say you can convince chinese resturants to deliver to broken down vehicles by the side of the road.
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Old February 1st, 2006, 12:19 PM
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I won't provide gory details, but the titles alone tell the story in most cases:
But what if we WANT to hear the gory details??

Go ahead . . I'm listening . . hee hee
K then, by popular demand here are the first two:

1. The dead commuter (twice so far) - not much to tell here both got on the bus at the Arts Center on the Garden State Parkway and passed away while sleeping on the bus.

2. The woman who owns the Chambers Street Subway Station - New York is full of street people, many of whom become well known through their actions or eccentricities. One of these is an older woman living on the streets in Tribeca and the Financial District in lower Manhattan. Unlike many street people, she is extremely hostile and combative. Prior to 9/11 she had a residence in the tunnel between the Chambers Street Subway Station and the World Trade Center. She kept all her belongings in front of the E line train tracks and would scream (and at times lash out at) anyone who entered her "living room". She would also curse at the E-Train as it pulled in the station for waking her up. After 9/11 the tunnel was closed for several months while service was being restored and she was not seen for a long time. I have recently seen her on an almost daily basis, usually carrying on and somtimes having violent arguements with lamposts, bus shelters and phone booths. I have no idea where she has her "living room" these days. She is also unique among street people in that anyone who tries to give her money is refused with a torrent of curses that would make a sailor jealous.
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Doug, Thanks for the 'adventure' story titles!!
130 miles EACH way??????????????=Yikes!!
PBill-14 hrs. stuck in traffic=Yikes!!!

Wow! And I thought my traffic problems were bad!! We are getting a new bridge that will help out with my commute when I work early shift; ready in 2013!!! Oh my gosh-I sure hope I am not still working at the same place in 7 years.
Definitely we enjoy your morning commute stories Doug!
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Great "gory" details, Doug!

All I can say is, thank goodness I live in Arkansas! If it takes longer than 15 minutes to get somewhere I think it's a long commute !
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Fern:

I'm with you!! My husband still teases me about the job I turned down because I didn't want to commute. It was 12 miles from our house.

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Well, no where NEARLY as interesting as yours, but I commute about 25-30 miles / about 45 minutes each day. While I've yet to witness these events with my own two eyes, I've heard about them on the radio traffic updates.

Such as - the time a truck loaded with hogs broke loose and there were hogs all over Interstate 40. Sadly 10 of the pigs died.

http://rdu.news14.com/content/headli...=73637&SecID=2

And just this morning: we had a backup on I-540 due to a man in the road wearing a cow costume...

Last week - I did see 8 deer by the side of the roadway off Highway 55 which is not really a rural area.
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