Somewhere between Fallowfield and Smith’s Falls

This is what quite a lot of the train journey between Ottawa and Toronto looks like:

somewhere between fallowfield and smith’s falls

no service is not free service

via outage
Hey VIA Rail, if you make an announcement that wireless is now free on the trains, you should really clarify that the service doesn’t actually work. So it’s not really much of a service, is it?

bet they’re chuffed

The A1 Steam Locomotive Trust has just completed the first new steam locomotive in the UK for, ooh, basically ever. Not quite sure why they chose such an antiquated design, but hey, keeps them out of the way of the buses.

to GO Transit

(who managed to make my train 11 minutes late, then had it overrun the platform:)

1.) Rent a brewery.
2.) Tell people.

I’m sure, though, that you couldn’t even follow these simple instructions for arranging a piss-up in a brewery.

the awfully nice people on the 95 bus

This is a small posting of thanks to the folks on the OCTranspo 95 Orleans bus who put up with my cluelessness and large luggage on the very busy rush hour transit. I got to Ottawa station quicker than any taxi, and for only $3. I’m a fairly seasoned TTC rider, and you wouldn’t see that kind of friendliness at this time of day in Toronto.

easily amazed

I know the technology is not that nifty, but I amused and amazed myself by sshing into the home server whilst on the Via train somewhere between Smith’s Falls and Ottawa.

two observations

A tiny green birdlet with yellow eye rings hit our window, and the flew off a few minutes later.

A girl with a pink scarf sits asleep on the train, a tiny trickle of drool escaping from the corner of her mouth.

go train!

I found one of the little pluggie-innie dealies that attach to an iBook power adaptor on the GO train yesterday. This is convenient, for my own pluggie-innie dealie got bent and no longer works.

I’m learning a lot about Jessica

Someone on the GO train is talking very loudly at their phone. It sounds like there’s a disciplinary hearing perhaps involving the caller, and/or a Jessica and an Elaine. There are a Steve and a Val involved somehow, and the loud talker is discouraged. There are appeals and continuances, and Acts (non-biblical) are being cited. It’s all very interesting, in the way that spectacularly dull things are. I can’t wait to get off the train to MAKE IT ALL STOP – gahh!

GO Transit, you suck!

I discovered last week that GO don’t have a central announcement system. That means that unstaffed stations like Kennedy and Exhibition always leave their passengers in the dark. Plus, the e-mail announcement system only alerts you if the train is more than 30 minutes late. I think by that time I would have gone home.

No sign of that train yet …

free food from Dexit

Though I still hate Dexit, I have found a place to use the remaining balance — the Pizza Pizza at the corner of Vic Park and Sheppard. Yes, their pizza is still like damp cardboard, but they have passable salads.

They still need to work on the reliability of their terminals, and training staff. The other day they said my debit was authorised, when clearly nothing had come off the tag. They wouldn’t take the cash I offered (their screen showed a green thing), so yay Dexit, free food!

… with raspberry vinaigrette!

Paul and I often talked of doing this, but I see someone’s done it for real: they hacked the GO Train scrolly LED signs to read Stephen Harper Eats Babies.