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Dun Dun Dun…

Tuesday, July 10th, 2007

NYCTA called me back regarding my MetroCard balance protection claim. Finally!

However, they called me as I was heading home on the LIRR, while I was in the one spot in the East River Tunnel where I lose cell phone reception. So naturally, I did not see the missed call until I was practically in Babylon. At that point, it was too late to call them back without leaving a message. So, tomorrow, before it gets hectic with my news reporting, I will be back on the phone with 212-METROCARD.

I wonder if they called back from all the messages I left, or from the complaint letter I wrote to the MTA.  We shall see.

In better news, my new camera shipped today! Since it’s coming from Brooklyn, it should be in my hands tomorrow… weeeeee! ::backflip:: I plan to take lots and lots of photos when Lexcie and I leave for San Francisco next week.

Highest Priority My Arse

Monday, July 9th, 2007

New York City Transit refunds the balance of your MetroCard if you’ve lost the card and purchased it with a credit or debit card. In order to do so, you have to call 212-METROCARD and file a claim. I’ve just left my third message in regards to filing a MetroCard balance protection claim.

Two previous calls, made on July 2 and July 6, have not been returned although the answering machine said that the call will be returned in one business day. So, I wrote a letter this morning through MTA’s contact form on its website. (more…)

Battle on the Q53

Monday, July 9th, 2007

Yesterday, Lexcie, Alex and I went to walk the abandoned LIRR Rockaway Branch. After meeting in Midtown and having lunch, we took the R train to Forest Hills, where we walked around trying to find access to the ROW. However, Forest Hills had gated most access to the ROW, so we had a difficult time. We finally found a clearing at Southridge Street and Yellowstone Road, and climbed up onto the tracks. It took us about two hours to clear half a mile along the thick, thorny brush, but we did find a bunch of interesting spots on the way, including some washed-out track beds and a car parts and chemical barrel dumping ground. We abandoned the route when we hit the LIRR Lower Montauk Line, and will perhaps finish another day. I would like to see the abandoned stations.

And the whole time we walked the abandoned ROW, my mother was worried about people and danger we might encounter, when the real action turned out to be at bustling Rockaway Beach. (more…)

Amanda Vs. The World Pt. II

Tuesday, May 15th, 2007
  1. Amanda vs. Bad Underground Music (2-0) – Seems like my complaining indirectly worked. I’ve seen no Peruvian pipers this week, and I was treated to the sounds of two different doo-wop/Motown a capella groups in the past three days. So, whichever group hopped on my downtown R train at Canal St.  around 5 p.m. yesterday and sang The Temptations’ “My Girl,” thank you. If I had a dollar or two on me, I would have dropped it in your paper bag. I owe you one.
  2. Amanda vs. Her LG VX5300 Cell Phone (0-50) – After being a faithful Nokia owner since I began using a cell phone in 2001, I decided to go with an LG when my contract allowed me to get a new phone this year. It was only $10, and much more durable than any Nokia I have owned (it even survived a 20-concrete-step drop). However, it lacks an archive for text messages, which I learned this week. And now I can only store 50 messages before I have to go play the delete game. I have no other way to save them except e-mail them to myself, but that’s a pain in the ass.
  3. Amanda vs. the Long Island Rail Road’s Lost & Found (0-Infinity) – I’ve yet to locate my Tupperware and electric toothbrushes. I give up. At least some conductor will have have nice, shiny teeth and a non-soggy salad for lunch.

And an additional match-up:

  • R-40 vs. R-46 (1-0) – My mean distance between failures (145,045 miles) is better than your mean distance between failures (140,098 miles), so take your shiny, bucket-seated trains and go elsewhere, Yuri. I win this year!

Well, judging from my scorecards so far, I have some advice for you all: if I come back as a racing horse in my next life, don’t bet on me.

Amanda vs. the World

Thursday, May 3rd, 2007

So, here’s the latest scorecards:

  1. Amanda vs. Long Island Rail Road’s Lost and Found (0-2) – Two months ago, I lost a special (and somewhat expensive) Tupperware on the train. I had this nifty thingamajig on top that would allow me to dispense salad dressing at the turn of a knob so I wouldn’t have a soggy salad by lunchtime. Four visits to Long Island Rail Road’s Lost and Found office in Penn Station were fruitless, so I vowed never to leave a bag on the LIRR again. But the Tupperware gods said “HA!” So, Monday, I left my other special Tupperware on the train – the one with the nifty sandwich cooler – along with two electric toothbrushes I bought for 50% off at Duane Reade. So, I went to Lost and Found this morning, but the young William H. Macy-lookalike at the counter said nothing was brought back from that train. Oh well, I guess I have to go back to toting cheap Chinese takeout Tupperware now.
  2. Amanda vs. Metro (1-0) – Last month, I wrote a bitchy letter to Metro, AM New York and MTA New York City Transit about the pushy free newspaper peddlers outside of the southeast entrance of Herald Square/34th Street’s subway station. They were constantly blocking the flow of traffic, as well as leaving newspapers on the steps and bannisters – a pretty big safety hazard, if you asked me. Metro was first to respond, and told me it would remedy the situation. Now, its peddler stands five feet back from the stairs and out of the way. The MTA responded with some dinky form letter about getting the transit bureau on it, but that still leaves…
  3. Amanda vs. AM New York (0-1) – Its peddler still goes back and forth in front of the stairway like the paddle in “Pong,” the commuters her unfortunate ball. She is very pushy, and will block your way in order to fill her quota. I’ve gotten quite testy with her a few times when she tried to force the paper on me. AM New York never responded to my letter, and she’s still at it.
  4. Amanda vs. the Office Snack Vending Machine (0-2 and 50 cents) – The first bag of Apple Chips got stuck, so I fed the machine another dollar, hoping the second bag would knock it down. Both got stuck, and the machine never returned my change.

Lullabye of Broadway

Monday, April 30th, 2007

I’ve just about had it with the Peruvians who play the wooden pipes on the subway mezzanines. Every morning, I stumble down the steps of 34th Street/Herald Square to either of two songs: “Hello” by Lionel Richie, or “Mona Lisa” by Nat King Cole. Those are not the two songs you want to have stuck in your head all day, especially without lyrics – just the haunting pipes, and usually off-beat. Oh, but there are even worse songs than those. I once heard them playing, “Dreamlover” by Mariah Carey. Ack!

There seems to be a lack in the variety of underground musicians lately . It’s usually either the wooden pipers or breakdancers. I haven’t seen many others, unless the MTA has been cracking down on them. I think they’re supposed to have some sort of license to play in the stations.

My favorites are the mariachi bands who hop onto the trains in full regalia and the doo-wop groups. One time, I was on the 5 train to Wall Street when a man asked my friend what time it was. She looked at her watch and said, “It’s about five o’cl-,” when he interrupted and said, “NO! It’s DOO-WOP TIME!” and immediately broke into a song about making love throughout the night.

I wonder if anyone has made an album of the underground musicians? I think it would be a sure-seller. I would definitely have to skip “Hello,” though.