Martin Lieberman was on a Green Line trolley one recent morning when it came to a stop outside of Park Street because another trolley was in the station. He writes on Martin's Musings that the trolley started going backwards when the driver jumped out of her seat (and took her foot off the brake) because of a spider:
``She grabbed her copy of the Metro, ripped it in half, squashed the spider in one fell swoop -- while at the same time making a sound of `Oh, thank God I killed that spider before it ate me' -- and flung the paper across her compartment, as far away from where she was sitting as was possible. Then she sat back down, slammed her foot on the brake -- thus shifting the momentum of the train and causing those of us standing to jut forward -- and pulled into Park Street."
Meanwhile, on Skiing in Jeans , a blogger recounts what happened on a crowded Red Line train leaving Park Street: ``I see this woman next to me take the LAST available seat and place her coffee mug and umbrella on it and then STAND IN FRONT OF IT!"
``I took the Silver Line bus for the first time. Verdict: nifty tunnels, but slow -- for no good reason. I know it's all the rage in urban planning circles to have revisionist takes on transit and argue that buses are superior to rail outside of New York. Those people need to take the Silver Line from the airport. Then take the Blue Line."
``Today I had a contractor say that `We need to consider our economic position, you understand? If we come out for a free estimate, we want to make sure we answer all of your questions.' When I assured him that I would be the only one who he needs to talk to, he said he was `sorry that you have to miss out on such a good opportunity!' "