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02 Jun 05

longest commute ever

it took a month, but i finally have a blogworthy toronto transit story. and it’s a doozy.

i left work yesterday around 4:45ish, and got to the bus stop at about 4:50. the bus to downsview usually arrives every 5-10 minutes during rush hour, but yesterday it took 20. this meant that, by the time a bus arrived, there were enough people lined up for 3 buses, and we were all baking in the sun. when i finally got on the bus, i was seated on the sunny side of the bus (thus making me even warmer) alongside a woman with a small dog on her lap. the last thing i wanted at that point was a dog nosing and licking me while i tried to read the paper.

i arrived at downsview without further incident (albeit somewhat slower than normal due to traffic), and hopped on a subway that was waiting for me. we made good time until about glencairn or so, when we were informed that there had been a security issue at yorkdale, causing subway traffic to be rerouted…thus resulting in intermittent delays. that slowed us down substantially. and then there was another announcement of an issue further down the line (i forget where exactly, but it was also on the yonge/university line). at this point i stopped reading the paper and started working on my first sudoku puzzle in the star. i’m sure there’s a strategy to such puzzles to make them easier, but i certainly don’t know what it is. that puzzle almost made me miss my stop ’cause i was so engrossed in it, and when i heard “st patrick” i had to grab all my stuff and jump out the door in a big hurry.

at that point i wandered up to the eaton centre and bought (gasp) my first cell phone. this is the point of the blog post where people know me stop reading in disbelief. and, if you DO know me, be sure to ask me for my number. it’s too good.

back to the story: after hanging out at the rogers store for 30-40 minutes, it was time to head home. i caught a streetcar at queen and yonge, and everything seemed to be going well until the girl sitting in front of me stood up to leave at spadina, and the guy sitting beside her wouldn’t let her out. i had my headphones on at this point so i didn’t know what was going on. i heard her saying “i’d like to get off…” and he didn’t reply. another guy stood up as i moved to do so and asked him to move. he simply replied mlaaaghhhfffff. not a good sign. the driver got involved and threatened to call the cops, which he did. i then helped the girl escape over her seat, but we still sat there for 5 minutes waiting for the cops. looking at him from behind, he didn’t look entirely crazy – longish hair, with a niceish dress shirt and sunglasses. oh, and a bunch of ketchup on the side of his nose. when the driver realized the girl had escaped, he proceeded on until bathurst, where we waited for another 5 minutes to meet up with a TTC boss and some cops. they managed to drag him off the streetcar amidst several more mllllarrrrrrrrs and gluuuuuuuuuffffffs. when i saw the guy standing outside, i realize that he looked crazier than i thought: the dress shirt tucked into black track pants whose pockets were full of random shit was a bit of a giveaway. anyway, from there i made it home without further incident. thank god.

departure time: 4:45 pm
arrival time: 8 pm

6 Responses to “longest commute ever”

  1. 1
    Sofi Says:

    “Security issues”, delays and re-routings (especially during the rush hour, when re-routings would never happen) usually mean that some poor bastard has thrown themselves in front of an oncoming train and the authorities are trying to clean up the mess in a hush-hush manner.

    At any rate, at least one person had a WAAAAAY worse afternoon than you did.

  2. 2
    pager Says:

    actually, in this case, 2 women were shot outside the yorkdale subway stop. so yes, far worse than me.

  3. 3
    ChuckLeChuck Says:

    I think you live really, really close to me. Also: what’s the new cell phone number?

  4. 4
    pager Says:

    queen and dovercourt. where are you?
    also: the last 4 digits of my cell number are PAGE.

  5. 5
    ChuckVonChuck Says:

    Not quite as close as I thought but still close-ish.
    I live here (via Google Maps).

    Great phone number. Did you manage a 416 or did you get stuck with 647?

  6. 6
    jessica Says:

    that is SUPER SCARY about the long-haired dude!! creepsomeness. i am glad that you got home okay. at least it was still bright out. right?

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