Monday, March 21, 2011

Metro Madness

I don't understand why this happened today, but I rode the Metro to work, but at Ballston station, they made all the passengers get off the train and stand on the platform. The only problem was the platform was full of people waiting to board the train.  Not like the platform in this photo; imagine the entire area of the station crammed with soaking wet, harried, hurried commuters late for work because the trains were slow.  Then you might have some idea. 

The Orange and Blue lines were single tracking between Farragut West and Smithsonian for track repairs.  That made every other train on those two lines late.  Which meant the train from Vienna, did not leave on time which made people's attitudes get tense, which made them want to cram into the trains as quickly as possible.

One lady in front of me had a broken foot and had just sat down when the operator said "all passengers must leave this train, all passengers must leave this train." I can understand if there was a bomb or something.  But this was just so they could move the train out of the station because they were behind time - at least that's what Metro does most of the time when they empty a train. 

So I got off the train and caught a bus, which took me on a scenic drive through downtown Arlington before reaching the Crystal City Metro station, where I caught the yellow line to work.  Time I left my home: 7:05 am.  Time I got to work: 10:30! Ridiculous.

Saturday, March 19, 2011

Moon shot 2

Another shot of the "Super Moon." This one was taken early in the evening when the moon was lower.

Moon shot

Shot this photo of the "Super Moon" tonight in Manassas, Virginia.

Friday, March 18, 2011

Back on the blog

It's been almost a year since I posted anything here.  That's way too long. I got some bad news this week - I am getting old.

The evidence of this was brought to me by swelling and pain in my left knee.  It's not torn cartilage like I thought; the doc said it was osteoarthritis.


But it wasn't all bad.  I did go to physical therapy and it helped.  But this pain in my leg promises to be my companion for a while.  The doctor said long term I am looking at joint replacement.  But I hope the term is a long time from now.


Hey did you see that the moon is supposed to look 16% bigger and 30% brighter on Saturday night?  Have to break out the camera and see if I can actually capture a decent image of the Super Moon.  Look for it here if I succeed.


Not really happy with the new editor on blogger.  It keeps thinking for me, and I just want it to make the next line appear.  Eek.  And for some reason it doesn't seem to realize that hitting the enter key means that I want to go to another paragraph. C'mon blogger or it might be another year before I come back.