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!

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

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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!)

Thanks, Governor!

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So per my favorite network, Clever Commute says that Gov. Christie is finally giving us something for free!

Starting tomorrow, Friday November 9th, there will be a FREE shuttle bus service between Bay Street, Glen Ridge and Bloomfield Avenue stations and Weehawken Ferry Terminal. And FREE ferry service between Weehawken and Pier 79 at West 39th Street in Manhattan (Midtown Manhattan). And you can take the FREE bus service that NY Waterway provides to locations in Midtown. Nice!

Do you know how LONG my commute will be??! I’m thinking at least 2 days. The shuttle to Weekhawken will at least take 25-30 mins (in traffic), the ferry ride is 6 minutes and then the NY Waterway bus ride to my office at W. 50th and 6th is probably another 15 minutes. These are all ideal times. Of course, a 45 minute ideal commute can easily turn into an hour and a half (on a good day!). BUT I have to at least try it, right? Especially if it’s FREE! And with the rumors that the Montclair-Boonton line won’t be up and running until at least December, it will save me a few bucks. So I’ll give it a shot on Monday and let you know how it goes.

Safe travels, everyone!

The many things I’ve learned this week…

Superstorm Sandy has prompted me to break my blogging hiatus. It’s been 7 days since our area was hit so I figured this was a good time to reflect on the things I’ve learned this week…

[1] DeCamp still sucks.

  • I attempted to board a 33 DeCamp bus to home on Thursday Nov 1st and I heard that they were cross-honoring our monthly NJT tickets (even the Oct ones). But when I got on, the bus driver told me they were only taking November monthlies. October just ended the DAY BEFORE so I asked him if he could give me a break, considering the circumstances. He said NO so I had to get off the bus and purchase a ticket. So I went downstairs and waited in line FOR AN HOUR just to buy one ticket because DeCamp decides to have just ONE window open. WHO does that?!?

[2] Clever Commute is still the most valuable resource for commuters out there.

  • Yesterday morning’s commute in was a nightmare. Buses were packed in like sardines and SRO. I was sandwiched in the aisle between a guy with a belly and another lady. I spooned with the guy behind me all the way into Port Authority. I definitely should have at least given him my number considering we both got more action in that hour ride than we did this whole week! Anyway, I digress. When I got to my office, there was an email from a Clever Commuter saying that he couldn’t get on a DeCamp bus so he opted to drive to the Allwood Park n Ride in Clifton. There was hardly a wait for a bus. So I tried it this morning and it was all that and more! Parking was free today   (normally $2 per day) since the ticket machines were not working, waited less than 10 mins for a bus, got a seat AND was in Port Authority in less than 40 mins! Score! Thanks again, Clever Commute!

[3] Bloomberg’s terrible attempt at Spanish and his sign language interpreter, Lydia Callis, have been the unexpected comic relief during this crazy time. 

[4] Couldn’t be prouder to be a Jersey Girl.

  • Yes, you always ask, “What exit?” when you find out someone’s from New Jersey, but as soon as they say the exit, you know EXACTLY where they’re from. AND my heart goes out to those from Exit 82/Seaside Heights, Exit 63/LBI and Exit 100/Asbury Park. Asbury Park has been “our boardwalk” since a 5k run brought us there in the summer of 2009. With it’s awesome mix of people, it’s slightly lower fee for a beach pass, the Stone Pony, the cute shops (miss you, Bodega Shoppe!) and great places to eat (Cubacan! Mogo Korean Tacos!), we’ve fallen in love. And my sister and her family moved out there last summer, so it’s become my nieces’ backyard. So, just like the many shore towns that have suffered great losses because of Sandy, I’m hoping that they’ll all rebuild. And I’m looking forward to many more beach days with you, Asbury Park!

Jersey Strong!

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It’s a case! It’s a wallet!

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On my way home, as I’m sitting on the 6:18, I get a tap on my shoulder. I look up and this young kid asks me about my phone case. It has a little pocket on the back where I keep my train ticket. It’s the best because I always have my phone out so when the conductor comes around checking tickets, I just turn my phone over and whip out my ticket.

So after a quick conversation with this guy about my case, he shows me his phone case. It was similar to mine but way better! It also holds a train ticket in the back, but it has an opening so you can easily slide the ticket in and out. And it’s a hard case too. Anyway, the reason I’m blogging about it is because he and his friends are selling these phone cases and I think every commuter needs one! It’s the best invention since sliced bread! It’s so convenient to have your ticket in your hand so there’s no need to scramble for your ticket in your purse or your pants pocket when the conductor yells, “All tickets out please!”

So go check out http://www.trustblazer.com and buy one. Heck, buy multiples so you can give them away as gifts to fellow commuters! AND to make it even better, he told me that they’ll be offering them in fun colors soon! So get yours!

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Nothing worse…

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…than 30 mins of pleated khakis first thing in the morning.

Happy MLK day

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I thought I was going to be the only loser that had to go in to work today but apparently I’m not.

I checked the holiday sked last night and found out that there are only 3 eastbound morning trains and 3 westbound evening trains on a holiday. Really?! What about the people that need to make money and work while everyone else has the luxury of staying home (and getting paid for it)? I’m NOT driving in and paying $12 for the tunnel and another $28 to park.

Now I’m stuck coming into work an hour early just so I can catch one of the 3 trains into the city and have to leave early so I can catch one of the only 3 trains leaving (you know how much bosses love when you do that).

Happy day off, people! 🙂