Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Please shut the door of the train shitter - thanks


I was just wondering if there is something wrong with me, because whenever I use the bathroom on a GO Train I have this weird ability to close the door behind me after I use it.  Meaning I actually close the door so it shuts.   I am wondering I am doing something wrong, because it would seem that nearly every time I am sitting the middle floor at the end of a car where a bathroom happens to be located nobody seems to have the ability to close the door behind them after they have used it.  Is this an aspect of GO Train etiquette I have missed out on?  Am I supposed to leave the door open after I am done in the bathroom, or half-heartedly appear to try close the door behind me but just give up when it doesn't?

Riding the LSW GO train to Burlington station yesterday, I happened to be sitting in the aforementioned area, and I counted seven people using the bathroom.  All of which didn't bother to close the door after they used it, or a couple of people tried to close the door but didn't make it, looked back at the door, gave up,  and decided to go back to their seats.  I understand it's been a hard day at the office, God forbid you should put an exhaustive effort into closing a measly little door behind you.  As I was sitting by the window, the gentleman occupying the outer seat in front of me who was simply trying to read his book, all seven times meekly got up and closed the door.

And we know why he closed the door right?

Because if you're sitting by the bathroom, and the door is open, sooner or later that sour bathroom solution that is in the toilet, mixed with whatever GO Train passenger has emptied into it begins to produce this wonderful "mutant funk" (credit for that term goes to a Seinfeld episode) that makes its way to the rest of the passengers in the area of the car, and I'm guessing it makes their commute shall we say….less enjoyable.

After the seventh person failed to close the door, my stop was coming up and this gentleman did it for them yet again, I thanked him for doing that all the times throughout the ride.

But I am just wondering if I am off my rocker?  Does this not bother anyone else?  Or is it totally cool to leave the door open after using the bathroom?  I know that when I am in my apartment by myself there are occasions where I will pee with the door open(TMI?). As people are having such a hard time with closing the bathroom door on the GO Train, I am wondering if this is just a first step to a whole crowd of people that will eventually devolve into peeing on the train with the door open. I know you're thinking that statement is gross or outlandish.  But the next time you sit next to a bathroom and someone leaves the door open, when that smell hit's you and you wonder what it is, just think to yourself it's all the passengers of this GO Train today peeing with the door open.

With much adoring love, V.

^ Okay, he didn't really write that but I like to imagine this is how everyone wants to sign off in their emails to me.

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

The UP express train looks like an derpy insect wearing a winter toque

Go home bench installer, you're drunk

When this photo first showed up on Hamilton Transit's Instagram feed over the weekend, I was more focused on the size of the No Smoking sign and less on the fact that new bench seating had been installed (which is what the photo was about).

I only half-heartedly read the comments and only when re-reading them, did I realize a point someone made.

Yeah, that should hold it

Somewhere in California, Richard Dean Anderson is crying salty MacGyver tears.

Your umbrella

Your umbrella is not an aspergill and we are not at Church, please do not feel you need to cleanse me of my sins.
Your umbrella is not a sword.
Your umbrella is not a walking stick.
Your umbrella is not a dead animal and you are not a lion, please do not drag it behind you like prey.
Your umbrella is not a pointer and we are not at School, please do not punctuate your sentences by pointing it at me.
Your umbrella is not a guitar.
Your umbrella is not a light saber.
Your umbrella is not a scepter and you are not Zeus, your umbrella need not be lain across your lap.
Your umbrella is not a cattle prod.
Your umbrella is not a yard stick.
Your umbrella is not an antenna and you are not a radio or a television requiring better reception.

Your umbrella belongs on the floor, in your bag or propped up against a window.

Your umbrella is wet. It does not get a seat nor does it need one.

Monday, July 28, 2014

Apologies for the post below

A rant wound its way into that story that had no busy being there and I agree, it was offensive. We should all live where we are comfortable and within our means. Unfortunately that isn't the case for everyone.

I apologize.

Zoned fares work for GO Transit, but setting Toronto transit fares according to distance would force the riders who travel farthest and have fewest choices to pay the most

Yeah, that's a long headline. But it nails it.

I have friends in Oshawa, Courtice, Whitby, Ajax and Bowmanville who find the cost of GO Transit expensive. I, myself, pay on average $315 monthly (from Oshawa with PRESTO discount factored in). Many of my friends have said it would be nice if GO was a flat rate like the TTC, so this story works both ways, right? Two friends quit their jobs and took positions at companies in town for far less salary but wound up taking home the same pay since they were just working to pay for GO fare.

TTC puts distance-based fares in no-go zone

GO does it. So does York Region Transit. Why doesn’t the TTC charge riders according to how far they travel?
Among the suggestions offered up in the Toronto Star’s Big Ideas series is the idea of zoned TTC fares that some readers see as an equitable source of badly needed TTC revenue. The roll-out of the Presto electronic fare card over the next five years makes it more technologically feasible.
But the people who would pay the most would be those who live farthest from downtown. Many of those neighbourhoods have high concentrations of low-income residents and fewer transit choices than other parts of the city, said Chris Upfold, the TTC’s chief customer service officer.

More on the Toronto Star website

Presented without comment

Friday, July 25, 2014

Meanwhile, on a Montréal Metro train

For the brave the video is on Youtube.  If the link dies, you can find it on LiveLeak. 

News that will make the haters weep

Out of all the adoring fan mail I get about this site, most of the love comes from those who get a serious case of the angrys because of my distate of footriding.  One person sent me an email to rival the length of text in the Bible, start to finish, about how footriding isn't even a word.

Neither was selfie at one point in time.

Most of the emails are spent defending a person's "right" to sit how they want. The sense of entitlement displayed by these whiners would curl the hair on your toes.

I always knew I was onto something when I made it my mission to stop this social epidemic of feet on seats on public transit and it appears that people who matter do listen to the PAYING commuting public.

Since 2009, according to this CBC News report, the TTC has been allowed to fine passengers who ride with feet on seats.

Yeah, I didn't know this either. For nearly five years it's been an offence on the TTC to sit like you have no spine.

I feel vindicated.

Point: me.

Butt itch. What else could cause such awkward foot placement?

Tapping your PRESTO card at Richmond Hill GO Station is hazardous to your health

Isn't there acreages of parking lot at this station? So why smoke RIGHT THERE?!

Yeah... No. The plastic seat divider isn't okay either