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The Man on the Tracks

photo by lola
I wish I were somewhere else, but then I wouldn’t have learned a valuable lesson.

I remember being called for an emergency onsite support that day. I got finished at around 4 p.m. looking forward to an enjoyable and relaxing evening. It wasn’t meant to be. A man jumped onto the subway tracks which caused delays in service. I got home late as usual. If there was any consolation, a lot of the passengers did, too.

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October 29, 2012 at 2:08 pm 4 comments

Be a Hero, Don’t Give up that Seat

It used to be that offering your subway seat to an elderly lady was the right thing to do and it seems that it still is, especially when she’s hyperventilating or having a heart attack.

It’s considered a sign of good breeding. Don’t be surprised if you’re glared at long and hard by fellow passengers if you don’t stand up and allow her to take your place.

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July 23, 2012 at 6:31 am 6 comments

It’s Been a Long Winter


Sunny days remain a blur as more rains are expected to come next week. Perhaps it’s time to say enough is enough! This season has already made a lot of people miserable and susceptible to cold, flu, fever, sore throat, and while I’m on it, bronchitis. This sad state of affairs is more evident to commuters like me.

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March 16, 2011 at 1:00 am 5 comments

Spare the Air, Dammit

Courtesy: Daily Mail

Traditionally, the Labor Day weekend marks the end of summer. It’s the time when we look forward to autumn when the weather turns cool and becomes more comfortable.But not in California where temperature still goes to 100 degrees in some places.

Yesterday, the weather in the San Francisco Bay Area was so bad that local authorities declared it a ’Spare the Air’ day.

’Spare the Air’ organizers has referred to it as a giant social experiment to encourage people to leave their cars at home. They believe it would help save our planet. Yt’s estimated that every car driven on the road contributes about a pound of pollution per day.

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September 11, 2009 at 2:34 pm 2 comments

A Matter of Conscience

She was on the subway train again today. To my surprise, she wasn’t that eager to ask for money. She started with her usual spiel. That she had multiple sclerosis. That she needed money for her medication. But this time, nobody paid attention. Somehow her pleading lacked conviction. She was lucky to even get a dollar.

You’ll meet folks like her during commute hours. To many, the train ride is nothing but a way to go to work in the morning or to go home at night. But to some, it’s a place to beg for money, sell merchandise, or preach the gospel. Still, in the early morning and late evening hours, it provides an ideal place for homeless people to sleep until the cops come and shoo them away.

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September 1, 2009 at 11:21 am 12 comments

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