This is when a smartphone would come in handy

Oh, Monday. You slinking dog. Always creeping up on Sunday’s heels and biting its ankles. And creating public transportation snarls when people are trying to get to the library to do some work.

The morning started out fine; I saw one of my best friends off (she was driving back to Canada), saw the boy off to his first day at the new job, took care of some housecleaning and did some schoolwork from home. Then I set off into the (admittedly bright, sunny, and cold-but-not-windy-and-thus-rather-enjoyable) day; I walked to the public library to return some books, then went down into the T station.

Alas. There were a lot of people on the platform and no train in sight. I waited longer than usual and finally there was an announcement…that was, of course, completely unintelligible. One person out of dozens on the platform managed to parse it out, so there was a crowd around him trying to figure out what to do with this newly acquired information. Apparently, train service was being replaced with shuttle (bus) service between Harvard and Broadway on the Red Line. But we were at Davis, so theoretically there would still be a train coming to take us as far as Harvard.

However. No train appeared. Some people were focused on devising Plan B, i.e., How To Get Where One Is Going Without the Single Train Line in the Area. Some were focused – in that ghoulishness-masked-as-concern way – on the fact that someone had been struck by a train, and that that was the cause of the delay. (Turns out this was true.) There did not seem to be any clear information about buses from the area where we were, and my hopes for a train to take us even as far as Harvard were dimming.

So I gave up; realized that even driving in Boston was less of a hassle than public transportation was going to be today, walked fifteen minutes back home, and drove to school. It took half the time it usually takes to commute on the train.

What I’ve been reading: Alice I Have Been, Melanie Benjamin; Shadow Tag, Louise Erdrich

What I’ve been listening to: August 2010 EP, Jason Nichols; The Hour of the Bewilderbeast, Badly Drawn Boy; Deja Entendu, Brand New; The Art of Drowning, AFI

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