Aggravated customers!

I had a 10 am meeting today. I anticipated delays in mass transit, so I left waaay earlier than I usually would. When I got to the bus stop, I was pleased to find that there were people still there. For all you car-driving folks, having people at the bus stop means that the bus hasn’t come yet.

World, meet NJ Transit’s aggravated customers.

If only you could hear what they were saying...

Here’s the deal, guys. NJ Transit has a little bit of a monopoly when it comes to mass transit. In Common-Name Ave where the ## bus stops there is only one other bus that passes by, and it does so about every one hour to one and a half hour, unlike the ## bus that does so about every 20 to 30 minutes. About 3 long blocks from Common-Name Ave, in Fancy-Name Ave, NJ Transit customers have the option of taking other equally delayed buses that may not even pass by their stop.

There’s also the matter of the bus pass we spent money on. If we’ve prepaid for their service, we are going to wait right there, where our unreliable ## bus should be!

That guy with the yellow face looks really upset…

And we’ll wait.

And wait.

We’ll yell and curse, but we’ll wait.

And wait.

Now might be the best time to mention that the reason those people with yellow faces are so gosh-darned angry is because there were not one, not TWO, but THREE ## buses that simply passed us by. What douchebags.

:(

Whyyy. I can understand delays but to simply pass us by? Are you serious? :( We had to stand there about 15 more minutes before another ## bus actually picked us up.

The super-important-guy-who-gives-my-grades I was supposed to meet probably thinks I feel that my time is more important than his. It’s not. I arrived 10 minutes late. I feel like a douche.

Fun fact #1: NJ Transit drivers intentionally mess-up the bus timetables because it’s some sort of a wage-hike strategy.

Fun fact #2: The wage hike is never gonna happen because of one thing – unemployment.

Guys, give it up. Until NJ Transit runs out of unemployed men and women who just want to make it through this week with whatever money they can manage, your hourly rate is stuck where it is. So let’s all just go back to sticking to the bus timetables and we’ll not be douchebags to each other. (Plus, I hate being a douchebag unintentionally to people who can affect my future like professors who don’t deserve it.) K?

K.

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Wanted: The Next Most Listened-To Band

I am fiercely loyal. This applies to most everything: friends, brands, and routines. So when my favorite band of all time – yes, all time – Mae, announced last year that they were going on hiatus indefinitely (disbanding, worded kindly for the weak of heart), I was broken.

I consider myself a Mae girl through and through. I followed them from Destination Beautiful, through Singularity *shivers*, and to (e)vening. Their performance as a band was the most consistent that I have found, and I don’t just mean their stage presence. I was impressed, and still am, by the standard to which they have written their music and so I built my iPod life around their songs.

But as they are moving on, so should I, and I’m out to find the next band to listen to on three-peat. Here are the current leaders (in no particular order):

The Spill Canvas

Another band I have followed early on, although to other TSC fans I got on board pretty late. I followed them since “Sunsets and Carcrashes,” which I consider is most wrist-slashable. They lost some of my attention after releasing “No Really, I’m Fine,” but I’ve been back on board since “Formalities.”

OneRepublic

I’ll be honest, this is one of the two artists listed in my iTunes library which I will be very embarassed if anyone ever saw. That doesn’t mean I don’t love them; they’re listed as one of the leaders for a reason. However, songs like “Stop and Stare” and “Apologize” have been overplayed and overused that they lost their magic. Current faves are “Say (All I Need)” and “Secrets” (also currently being overplayed).

Relient K

Thanks to Amazon.com’s recommendations, I found them and worked my way backwards through their discography starting with Mmhmm.  “Forget and Not Slow Down” has a special place in my heart, especially the song “Savannah.”

Owl City

Honestly, how can anyone resist Adam Young? He had me with “Fireflies” and “Dental Care.” He is releasing his sophomore album this year and I can’t wait. Wait, if he’s just one guy, does he qualify as a band? This is Jack’s Mannequin all over again.

I know that wasn’t a very long list, but my loyalty (to bands and to my musical taste) prevents me from expanding this list. Have any suggestions for great bands?

Hello world!

It feels good to be back.

Because an occasion like this deserves a sign

You are probably thinking, This is your first post, lady. No, it’s not. But if you meant that this is my first post as a non-teenager, as a young woman almost done with college, and as a generally happier and more satisfied individual, then yes, this is my first post.

I gave up blogging a few years ago because I just did not have the time. There was a point too when I was simply tired of everything, even writing. It was scary.

Just like it was scary firing up this blog. It’s like suddenly having to sit in the subway with an ex you haven’t seen in ages and he actively makes conversation. At one point you think, Really? You’re really doing this? And at another point, you think, I missed this. I’ve forgotten how much fun this is.

And now, I hope to remember.