Metrolink Thoughts

Monday: I was unable to motivate myself out of my house in time to take the Link to work.  It takes a little longer, and I had an 8 am meeting I didn’t want to be late to.

Tuesday: I arrived at the Brentwood-I64 station real early.  I hadn’t stopped by over the weekend festivities so I was going somewhat blind, but I found the parking lot fairly easily.  It’s one of the smaller park-and-rides with only 200 spaces, but only 3 of them were filled at the time I arrived.  We’ll see how many are filled when I return after work.

One of the ticket machines rejected my $10 bill and insisted on either a $5 or a $1.  This worried me as I thought this might derail my 2nd day, but the second machine took it.  I think it may have been a matter of the first machine not having enough Sacajaweas or Susan Bs to give me in change.  (I would be very upset if I were a woman that women have been relegated to these dollar coins reviled by many, and in use primarily by public transit.)

There was one other person in my section of the train.  Certainly a different metrolink experience than for Mardi Gras or Cardinals games.

The Metrolink TripFinder told me it would take me 10 minutes to walk from the UnionStation stop to my office.  I doubted that information, and had planned for 20.  It took me 15.  I guess I’m a pessimist, but Metrolink is definitely overly optimistic.  Sure, there are people who walk quicker than me, but they shouldn’t estimate on the low-end.

It’s a little more difficult to read on the metrolink than it is on a metrobus.  I took the bus to work many years ago when I was still living with my parents and there was a direct line about a block from the house to AGEdwards, where I worked at the time.  Once I moved away from home it was no longer so convenient, so I started to drive.  I read a lot on the bus, but found that it was easy to get engrossed enough in the book that I missed my stop.

That won’t happen on the metrolink since they announce every stop quite loudly.  Of course, this provides a certain amount of distraction.  I actually have the abiilty to tune out the noise…but if I do that…I might not hear them announce my stop.

Quote: I am absolutely convinced that no wealth in the world can help humanity forward, even in the hands of the most devoted worker in this cause.  The example of great and pure individuals is the only thing that can lead us to noble thoughts and deeds.  Money only appeals to selfishness and irresistably invites abuse.

Can anyone imagine Moses, Jesus, or Gandhi armed with the money-bags of Carnegie?

— Albert Einstein.  On Wealth.  1934  (from Ideas and Opinions)

Albert won the contest for my reading choice this morning.