Thursday, October 28, 2010

What the hell was that this morning?

Tuesday night my 5:20pm train was delayed by an hour due to a gang of wet leaves causing mayhem on the rails and last night, we were delayed almost 20 minutes into Oshawa because of a switch problem. That's two nights in row where I got home past 7pm but I can't complain because according to a Shout Out in last night's TO Night Newspaper, GO commuters aren't allowed to complain - or whine - because GO employees work real hard.

Hey, guess what? So do I. Every goddamn day at my job, too. It's not about who works harder. It's about expectations and on Tuesday and Wednesday nights, none of my expectations were met in regards to being home on time.

This morning I arrived at the station at 7:41am with several minutes to spare before the 7:53am was to depart. As I walked onto the platform, another train pulled in. The first stopped train was near capacity. Talk about mass chaos! Panicked people clamoured onto the train already at capacity thinking it was the 7:53 when in fact, it was the 7:53 that had just rolled in and it was the 7:21 train that was really late.

Needless to say, those of us who hopped onto the 7:53 rode all the way to Union with plenty of room, sustained no bruised elbows from people who can't walk down aisles like a normal person but instead rush down like a bull in a china shop, and all the bag riders breathed sighs of relief because their bags were able to ride in comfort.

It's the small things, folks.


monica said...

I just wanted to say hi. I think I know who you are because I overheard you on Tuesday night as we sat forever outside Danforth. I was too shy to come up and tell you I'm fan but I promise not to blow your cover. I saw you last night to talking to your blonde friend. You guys seem to have a lot of fun. I have no idea what you guys are always laughing about but I can only imagine seeing as I think you're hilarious. Keep up the great work. The site is great. Most of my co-workers read it.

TomW said...

According to my GO elerts email thingy, GO were "working with CN to resolve the problem" which translates as "CN didn't maintain the track properly, something broke, and we're yelling at them until its fixed" (GO owns the track between Pickering and Oshawa, but CN maintains it).

Is it just me, or has CN been the cause of all GO's woes of late?

gary said...

Well, CJ, we know who wasn't working real hard over the past 2 days, CN. And I think we all have the right to bitch at GO for not putting enough heat on CN. If GO is paying them for service through a lease contract, they need to hold up their end of the deal!!!