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the Extremely Electric E

the Extremely Electric E

Thu, 07/15/2010 - 14:10 by Ananth in response to a is for aaaaaayy

That was really terrible and I think that's why we decided to inflict it on you guys. 

Aw man, that damn E. The one train we don't use to get anywhere in this town and it's the only one that ever shows up. Go figure. Catching trains is something I thought I'd find endlessly irritating, but I think maybe the DC subway prepared me. The waits (for the most part) aren't terribly until you get into late night schedules. At that point you may as well just carry a lawn chair. 

Cell phone charms and bookmarks are up! Hop on over to the store to grab one of you like.

That's all from us! See you next week!

Comments bookmarks?

Comment by cat61986 (not verified) Thu, 07/15/2010 - 14:20 bookmarks?

They're coming! We're taking

Comment by Ananth Thu, 07/15/2010 - 14:38

They're coming! We're taking product photos now. :)

awesome! any ETA for the

Comment by cat61986 (not verified) Thu, 07/15/2010 - 14:50

awesome! any ETA for the maw keychains/zipperpulls?

not yet

Comment by Aido Thu, 07/15/2010 - 15:41

Not yet -- I'm going to give a vague "middle of next month at the latest" estimate.  As well as re-ordering the Maw metal keychains, we're also getting metal Puppy keychains!

the DC metro can be

Comment by DisposablePal (not verified) Thu, 07/15/2010 - 14:21

the DC metro can be endlessly frustrating, the NY subway seemed more confusing than anything to me. Mass transit is basically a mixture of convenience, confusion, timing, and torture.

 NY subway is actually not

Comment by Ananth Thu, 07/15/2010 - 14:39

 NY subway is actually not that complicated, just looks it! It's a great public transit system!

At least it's not LA

Comment by ??? (not verified) Thu, 07/15/2010 - 14:56

I've had experience with a bunch of Public Transit systems (The T/MBCR, the L, NY subway, DC metro, BART/Muni/AC Transit/GG Transit)...all these things have nothing on LA's mass transit. It's basically a lesson in futility. The subway doesn't go anywhere (and strangely doesn't take fares...), the light rail runs the most ridiculous routes, and two of their "Metro" lines are actually BRT, which is another way of saying "We can't afford even light rail, so let's just build a bus route instead." (Though I'll admit, the BRT lines are well-designed, definitely better than the T's Silver Line *shudder*). I'm almost certain that there are no Night Owl routes either.

To make it worse, outside of LA, there is NO COHESION between transit agencies, of which there are at least a dozen for specific towns (Pasadena, Santa Monica) and counties (Orange County, Ventura County). Just as well, the commuter rail system in LA (Metrolink) runs very infrequently. As such, it's incredibly difficult (and sometimes impossible) to get to LA on public transit alone.

In other words, LA is the only big city I know with a public transit system that STILL requires you to get a car.


Comment by RikaNeko (not verified) Thu, 07/15/2010 - 14:57

...And that's the beauty of those darn subways.

Besides the heat. Ugh. UGGGGH.

The little things.

Comment by Joe (not verified) Thu, 07/15/2010 - 15:13

I actually look forward to taking the subway to get around when I go visit my sister. It's not the most exciting thing in the world, yeah, but it's something different from where I'm used to.

noo waayy

Comment by Aido Thu, 07/15/2010 - 15:44

The subway IS super exciting! (also air conditioned)  The first time we rode the subway after moving here, we were serenaded by a five-piece mariachi band!  They were wearing full regalia and everything!  You don't find gems like that everywhere.  :D

Then you should visit Berlin

Comment by Anonymous (not verified) Thu, 07/15/2010 - 20:13

Then you should visit Berlin (Germany) - street performers, beggars asking for money or trying to sell their homeless-magazine, or stupid people using their cell's as next-generation boom box - that's daily business over here.

Now THAT sounds like the DC

Comment by lisa. (not verified) Fri, 07/16/2010 - 22:47

Now THAT sounds like the DC metro. We have all of those things you have on the train in Berlin and more.

I'm looking for the Ffffffff train

Comment by Fraoch (not verified) Thu, 07/15/2010 - 15:59

The weird thing is that's something I would have said. Along with light cursing.
My town's too small for a subway (we don't even have a mall. srsly) so the closest I get to that is missing the bus.

lol the Fffffffff train gave

Comment by Snazzy (not verified) Tue, 07/20/2010 - 08:58

lol the Fffffffff train gave me the most hilarious mental image ever.

As far as I'm concerned, the

Comment by conrad Thu, 07/15/2010 - 16:07

As far as I'm concerned, the A in A-Train is for "Absent". Rachelle and I once watched a dozen E and C trains go through Penn Station before receiving our very own A train.

I don't think I need to tell you it was full to the damn brim.

Haven't had that problem

Comment by Ananth Thu, 07/15/2010 - 17:13

Haven't had that problem with the A (to that extent)! But it sounds like a bummer. ):

Actually, if we're giving

Comment by Ananth Thu, 07/15/2010 - 17:22

Actually, if we're giving out medals for tardiness, it'd have to be the G for grey. Because that is what you are by the time it arrives. 

George used to call it the

Comment by conrad Thu, 07/15/2010 - 22:08

George used to call it the Ghost train, which I also thought apt.

 Ooh, I like that. 

Comment by Ananth Fri, 07/16/2010 - 00:42

 Ooh, I like that. 

You know, you can get

Comment by Y-bot (not verified) Thu, 07/15/2010 - 19:02

You know, you can get smartphone apps that tell you when certain trains will come. Especially useful when you're not quite sure when you should leave an event.

The DC Metro is nice, but

Comment by TrueVCU (not verified) Thu, 07/15/2010 - 19:37

The DC Metro is nice, but comparing it to the NY Subway is like comparing basic arithmetic to quantum physics

Like my train

Comment by Melissa (not verified) Thu, 07/15/2010 - 19:49

The thing about the F train here in NYC is that it's the only one that gets me to work, but they're constantly messing with the schedule! Once heard a bystander saying, "That's why it's the F train. It's always f--ing up!" XD

Love the cellphone charms.


Comment by stevehill (not verified) Sun, 07/18/2010 - 15:30

Whenever the F train comes I love yelling FFFFFFFFFFFFFF! and shaking my fist.

The subway confuses me. I'm

Comment by Cassie (not verified) Thu, 07/15/2010 - 22:28

The subway confuses me. I'm too used to the LIRR. Set schedules! Hardly any transferring! JUMPERS (the most common reason the train won't show up). :|


Comment by Ruzzy (not verified) Thu, 07/15/2010 - 23:07

Yay! Cat Fight bookmarks are back! I'd love to buy a set once I'm in the US in September, hopefully there's still some left by then! (PayPal + shipping is iffy to deal from halfway across the world.) Love to get the Maw and puppy metal keychains while I'm at it too once they're available!

Don't stop doing what you're doing, Yuko and Ananth! Thank you for constantly making me smile. :>

Yeah the E train kinda

Comment by Anonymous (not verified) Fri, 07/16/2010 - 01:06

Yeah the E train kinda sucks. The last downtown stop smells like piss. And I don't mean one spot I mean the WHOLE platform.

On: Subways & Otakon.

Comment by Skie (not verified) Fri, 07/16/2010 - 01:15

DC Subway = Expensive and counterproductive.
NYC Subway = Affordable, effective, and entertaining (in many ways).
How long were you subject to the terrors of the DC subway, Ananth?

Also: If you're both at Otakon this year and you have the charms with you, I'd gladly pick one (or two) up in person. My fiance would inevitably pick up a bookmark (or six billion) as well.

Hey, the DC metro is only

Comment by lisa. (not verified) Fri, 07/16/2010 - 22:45

Hey, the DC metro is only expensive if you're going to the outskirts of virginia or maryland, and the prices ups a bit during rush hour. If there's any subway system that's really expensive, it's definitely BART in San Fran. It's like $5 one way!
The two-hour thing on the one-pass NYC metro cards really annoy the crap out of me. I guess that most New Yorkers who use the subway frequently would have those multiple-use passes (can't remember what they're called), which is cool for them, but for people who don't use the train much or for visitors, the NYC subway is complicated and a pain in the butt.


Comment by ??? (not verified) Sun, 07/18/2010 - 23:11

It's kind of the weird thing with BART. BART and the DC Metro are basically the same idea deployed differently (gah, even the trains are similiar). Then again, traveling to certain places (especially within Oakland or SF) can actually be cheaper on BART than using either the Muni or AC Transit, especially if you intend to stick around for more than a couple hours (Intracity BART is usually 1.75, as opposed to $2 for Muni or AC Transit). It only gets expensive if you're traveling long distances (like, say, SF to Pittsburg/Bay Point or Dublin/Pleasanton, or East Bay to Millbrae), or if you're going to either airport (OAK you have to buy a separate $3 ticket to get on a FRIGGIN BUS to the airport, SFO tacks on $4 to what it would cost to go south of Daly City).

On: Outskirts

Comment by Skie (not verified) Tue, 07/20/2010 - 07:54

I live at the end of one of the lines. To go anywhere in DC, for me, is $5+. =/

LOL I know that feeling all

Comment by Valdrake (not verified) Fri, 07/16/2010 - 02:52

LOL I know that feeling all too well. Except I'm usually rooting for the E train instead.

rook wears a collar?

Comment by Jingseng (not verified) Fri, 07/16/2010 - 03:21

wow =) My cat hates her collar... i'm not too fond of it either (petting wise). But she is BIONIC now (microchipped).

I was never able to find a collar withOUT a bell, so i eventually just got one with a bell and used pliers to get rid of it... really don't need to hear it all the time.

I know the rationale is supposed to be to warn birds and protect them but... screw birds. they are prey. If my cat ever DID manage to get outside and lost with her collar on, I want her to be able to catch food and live... birds, mice, whatever =p

Rook doesn't have a problem

Comment by Ananth Fri, 07/16/2010 - 09:07

Rook doesn't have a problem with the collar. :) The bell is actually to let us know where he is - lots of places for him to get lost in the apartment, and he had a habit of hiding for the first couple of weeks (naturally). 

Bus Waits

Comment by 47hasbegun (not verified) Fri, 07/16/2010 - 07:27

At least when there's a subway the waits are pretty short. The SHORTEST waits for the bus I commute by are fifteen minutes and the longest is an hour. This is one of the routes market as "frequent" on the downtown maps, too!

This pretty much happens to

Comment by Snazzy (not verified) Fri, 07/16/2010 - 09:29

This pretty much happens to me when ever I am waiting for the 4 or 5, and 6 comes crawling along. It *used* to happen to me all the time waiting for the M... and it was always the J.

Oh the nyc subway

Comment by Brea (not verified) Fri, 07/16/2010 - 09:33

I often feel the same way when I have to catch the D train to go home. Come on D!!!...Aw crap SCREW YOU B TRAIN! I've even accidentally got on the wrong express train into Brooklyn a couple times, and I never realize it until it's way too late and i'm in the wrong side of the borough. For me the most consistent train is the Q. It's usually always running it's regular schedule all week, including weekends. NYC transit is all sorts of messed up on the weekends usually, but the dependable Q never lets me down.

I've lived <10 miles from DC

Comment by TheVampirate (not verified) Fri, 07/16/2010 - 14:13

I've lived <10 miles from DC my entire life so i have gotten used to the metro and its color system but when i went to NYC and used their metro system i had the fortune of getting on the wrong train 30% of the time due to the similar sounding name of B and D trains (even C some times). I wish the Blue, red, yellow, green ect. lines were found through the rest of the country it makes it much easier for the listener

my .02$


Comment by lisa. (not verified) Fri, 07/16/2010 - 22:37

I agree 100%! DC train is beast! I take it almost everyday! I find it so much easier than the subway in NYC. The trains in NYC can go here and there, but then there's another train that can only go there, and ugh. Using the DC metro so much has spoiled me 'cause it's so easy.

The E is completely the most

Comment by Nora (not verified) Fri, 07/16/2010 - 16:38

The E is completely the most useless train. I've a friend who always took the A, and she says that the E exists so that all the signs say "ACE" instead of just "AC".

Aww, poor E train

Comment by Farasha (not verified) Fri, 07/16/2010 - 21:17

So much hate for the E train... it's the cheapest way to get from Long Island to Manhattan, guys! Just take the LIRR into Jamaica and catch the E!

...Actually now that I think about it going to Atlantic and catching the Q might be easier. Okay, so maybe the E is kind of useless.

Couldn't you?

Comment by Suki (not verified) Sat, 07/17/2010 - 01:45

Couldn't you take the E train to a certain point and then get off and wait for an A? or were you at that stop where it can only be A?


Comment by stevehill (not verified) Sun, 07/18/2010 - 15:31

You'd technically still end up waiting for the exact same train, if you think about it.

Yeah, but you feel like you

Comment by Snazzy (not verified) Tue, 07/20/2010 - 08:23

Yeah, but you feel like you are getting somewhere instead of just standing around. At least I do. lol

Buy a portable gaming system

Comment by Kuragari (not verified) Sat, 07/17/2010 - 23:38

Buy a portable gaming system so waits become less of a waste of time? That's the nerdy thing to do...


Comment by Mistress Pyro (not verified) Sun, 07/18/2010 - 10:55

Oh the cheese!! Sooo cheesy XD <3

I love the country. :D

Comment by Crow (not verified) Sun, 07/18/2010 - 13:29

I'm glad I go to work, get groceries, and do most of my everyday things in a city of about 400 people that I only have to drive about 3 miles to get to. :D No public transit! Unless you have to ask your neighbor if you can ride in the back of his truck to town... but you do have to walk home after that :P

Just a heads up,

Comment by stevehill (not verified) Sun, 07/18/2010 - 15:34

Nowadays, the "E" on the E train is on the top-center of the train :P

True, occasionally however,

Comment by Snazzy (not verified) Tue, 07/20/2010 - 08:47

True, occasionally however, you might get the old school train with the giant letter on the front. Which is far more effective, imo, at letting you know what train it is. Especially if you are optically challanged like me. lol

I rarely ever take the E,

Comment by Lily (not verified) Sun, 07/18/2010 - 17:45

I rarely ever take the E, and the most annoying train ever to wait for in NYC is the N, Q, or R (poor W, doesn't exist anymore...), just when you see a train come, its not yours and 10 minutes later its still not yours, and another 10 minutes? possibly yours..

On the subject of the NQR

Comment by stevehill (not verified) Thu, 07/22/2010 - 18:15

I decided to take the train from 14th st and broadway to 23rd st and broadway (since I have a magic train pass) to go to Quiznos, and the only problem/regret that I had about the whole ordeal was that the sandwiches had gotten tiny over the last few years. That is to say, the R came within 2 minutes both to and from.