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On Green Line car, along came a spider

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!"

Slower than Silver
Ben Ostrander finds it absurd that it takes him 25 to 30 minutes to go the mile from his South Boston office to South Station on the ``rapid" transit Silver Line. Chris Cagle of Jamaica Plain writes on his Left Center Left that he had his first ride on the line from the airport and was reminded why cities build subways:

``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."

Kiss contractor goodbye
Rachele Rosi-Kessel of Roslindale writes on her Women and Children First blog that her house needs a lot of work, (having been built in 1865 and not well maintained and all). She reports that some contractors cannot deal with her being the one who will be making the hiring decisions, and insist on meeting with both her and her husband:

``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!' "

Historically bad drivers
Some Boston bloggers seemed put out recently by a survey that found Bostonians were only the fifth-rudest drivers in America. Charles Swift of Dorchester, though, says we have a long, proud history of bad driving. On his City Record and Boston News-Letter , he recounts what could be Boston's first traffic fatality, in 1661. And while it's not true that our roads were originally cow paths, the fatality did involve one of the animals: One Major General Humphrey Atherton , returning home from reviewing the troops one night, collided with a cow on what is now Washington Street. He was thrown from his horse and died.

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