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Put down your phones 

Last night I was crossing a side street by the train station and as I was 1/3 of the way across, I see this car pull up to the crosswalk pretty fast as if he didn’t see me. He stopped suddenly before he was about to hit me and I look up at him and he’s got his iPhone in his hand. He threw up his hands and mouthed “I’m sorry!” and I continued unharmed across the street. 

People: PUT DOWN YOUR PHONES WHILE YOU DRIVE especially at night! I can’t believe people still do it.
As a commuter and someone that’s walked back and forth to the train station countless times, I can say that drivers don’t really respect pedestrians. They see us as a nuisance and as a roadblock that’s impeding them from getting to where they want to go.
Note: it takes a pedestrian only about 4 to 6 SECONDS to cross a street, yet that’s just too long to wait for some drivers. 
Please drive (and walk!) safely out there and put your phones down when you drive!

It’s a new year

Happy belated 2015, commuters! It’s been 2 years since I last posted something but it’s a new year and still the same commute so I figured why not start up again?? (But if you follow me over on Twitter, I’ve been actively and steadily complainy there!)

An update since my last post in 2013…
• still live in Bloomfield
• changed jobs (still commute to the same exact building, just to a different floor)
• try to WALK more often to my office on 50th and 6th from Penn now instead of taking the 1 (weather permitting)
• have a son that now attends college (albeit currently taking “some time off”)
• have one less organ (donated my left kidney to my dad in November of 2013)

Besides that, it’s the same ole, same ole. NJTransit sucks 80% of the time and I try not to complain 90% of the time!

Anyway, I hope you’ve all been well and enjoying your commute. I’m sure you’re looking forward to seeing more of my posts this year!

Happy commuting!

Passive aggressive graphic design


So the secret to implementing and enforcing the Quiet Car on the 6:42 is to put these little cards (nicely designed, BTW) on the seats and to not have any heat in the car. People turn around out of the car quicker than you can imagine! Yay no heat!

Some people think that handing out cards like these might be passive aggressive. I say yes (and no!) as long they work and people actually pay attention to them. Let’s see how well the power of passive aggressiveness, good graphic design (and no heat!) work…

Welcome back!

Nothing says “welcome back” like a platform full of people on the 1.

Happy New Year! Here’s wishing you a year of short commutes and no delays!

To puff or not to puff

I commuted in with my friend Rich this morning. I had on my puffy down coat and in conversation he pointed out that “only women wear those coats”. I looked at him askance and gave him a wholehearted, “No they don’t! Men wear them too!” But he may have a valid point…

As I stand here at Penn waiting for the 7:37, I’m looking around and I see a bunch of puffy coats but all of the wearers are women. I see men in wool coats, barn jackets, pea coats, fleeces, sweatshirts, rain coats, leather coats and gosh darn it, not a single one of them in a puffy coat!! What the heck? It’s weird!

Do men not feel cold? Does 30-something-degree weather not call for a down-filled coat? (Ducks and geese know a thing or two about keeping warm, right?) Are down coats too cumbersome to carry around with them? Or do they simply think these coats look stupid?? (I do have to say trying to squeeze me and my puffy-coat-wearing butt into a two-seater this morning with another puffy-coat-wearing passenger was like the Stay-Puff Marshmallow man trying to fit in a seat next to the Syracuse Orangeman mascot…)

It is only November and the temps haven’t reached anywhere near “frigid” so maybe it is a little too early for the puffer. But when the temps are expected to dip below the 30s again, I’ll be wearing my down coat and looking around to see if Rich’s theory holds true about men and their no-down-coat-wearing rule!

Not a bad ending

…for a shitty week of commuting!

Thanks, Conductor Josh of Clever Commute, for these tickets to the Radio City Christmas Spectacular for tomorrow!


Support Clever Commute, my fave commuter tool, by signing up for their premiere service. I did! And look what it got me!

Good news (or is it?!)

According to the NJTransit website, the Montclair-Boonton line will have limited service, starting tomorrow, Wednesday November 14th.

“The limited service will operate in the peak periods between 6 a.m. and 10 a.m., and 4 p.m. and 8 p.m. as follows:

  • One train to Penn Station New York per hour.
  • One train to Hoboken Terminal per hour.”

ONE. TRAIN. PER. HOUR?! Hell no! The trains will be packed! I’m better off driving to the Allwood Park n Ride like I’ve been doing and taking a bus that at least comes every 5 minutes. I might wait until our line is fully functional because even when it’s “fully functioning”, the service sucks balls! So can you imagine what “limited service” is going to be like…It’s like coffee without caffeine OR non-alcoholic beer OR Oreos without milk OR sex without an orgasm….WHAT’S THE POINT?!?!?!?

So, I might ride it out (on a bus) a bit and see if we get a fully functioning train line by December. Until then, I’ll take my coffee WITH caffeine, thank you very much!

(Wow, I just re-read that third paragraph and spot many sexual innuendos, most of them unintentional!)