I May Need to Exercise More

Since Wednesday, the escalators at the Tenleytown Metro stop have been out of service. Metro is blaming a broken water line. With WMATA's sterling track record, I'm sure the escalators will be back up in no time.

Yesterday, I thought it would be cute to count how many stairs I would have to walk up. I couldn't do it. I lost count around 90. The pain on my thighs was making me delirious. I made it up without resting, but, Jesus, that's a tough walk. And I'm a relatively strong 23-year-old. Let's hope WMATA takes care of this before a septuagenarian collapses from exhaustion and tumbles down a hundred stairs to his doom.


  1. AnonymousJuly 14, 2006

    You should join Bally Total Fitness. Or maybe Results is more your style?

  2. I am a member of WSC.

  3. AnonymousJuly 14, 2006

    Wow 23 and you can't walk up some stairs?!?! I'd say there's more "relative" in that "relatively strong" comment.

  4. AnonymousJuly 14, 2006

    Perhaps it was the K-Mart shoes slowing you down, Randy.

  5. the weather is friggin disgusting this week. you deserve an award.

  6. AnonymousJuly 14, 2006

    "The Greatest Generation" won World War II and you can't even walk up some g-ddamned stairs? The terrorists have won.

  7. AnonymousJuly 14, 2006


  8. Geez guys, I walked up the stairs!! It's not like I needed a sit-down 3/4 of the way up.

  9. AnonymousJuly 14, 2006

    In addition to being a member of WSC, if it were up to him, we'd have thousands of child molestors running around unaccounted for.
    Rusty, are you a pedophile?

  10. AnonymousJuly 14, 2006

    I went to that station this morning actually for the first time and even walking downstairs took forever... I think I would have to find the elevator if I was forced to walk back up.

    As for the people bitching... I'd like to see them huff up that crazy ass incline.

  11. AnonymousJuly 14, 2006

    I need to have a sitdown with this whole shitbox city and tell it to stop fucking slashing necks for fuck sake.

  12. How is WSC racist? It stands for Washington Sports Club, not White Superiority Club.

  13. AnonymousJuly 14, 2006

    I'm one of the bitchers and let me tell you, I ran 5 miles through this shit yesterday after work. So there.

    And WSC stands for my alma matter, Wayne State College. Go Aardvarks!!!

  14. AnonymousJuly 14, 2006

    I hope you know, Rusty, that you're wrong for being white! You are INcorrect, sir!

    So stop being white, ya jerk!

  15. Oh, I get it. You're comparing me to the Inspector who wanted people to report black people in Georgetown. You're really reaching.

  16. AnonymousJuly 14, 2006

    Maybe you should be make an appointment with your gynecologist to see if something if wrong with your health!

  17. AnonymousJuly 14, 2006

    the weather is friggin disgusting this week. you deserve an award.

    That's soooo racist. Freakin' racists.

  18. AnonymousJuly 14, 2006

    Anonymous, you frickin' dummie. WSC is a recognized trademark around these parts. Why would you automatically assume it stood for something racist. There's no such racist organization with those initials, you dumbass.

    Hindsight's a bitch? What the fuck are you talking about, you retard? YOU are the one who made the assumption. No one else would make that stupid assumption.

    WHY would anyone think "WSC" stood for anything racist????!

    Man, you're retarded.

  19. AnonymousJuly 14, 2006

    Geez guys, I walked up the stairs!! It's not like I needed a sit-down 3/4 of the way up.

    What are you trying to say here exactly, Rusty? Are you prejudiced against Italians? Is that it?!

    Because that's what I got from this comment. I mean, that's the leap of logic I took, which I think any normal sentient being would make.

    Am I right?

  20. AnonymousJuly 14, 2006

    In the weeks that I've been reading your blog, Rusty, there's one thing I've gotten out of it.

    The "take-home" message here is that Rusty is a white supremacist. That's the only logical conclusion to make.


  21. AnonymousJuly 15, 2006

    this blog has gone way downhill. james was smart and almost always dead-on in his observations of the inadequacies of this city. rusty is childish and often annoying in his complaints about trivial things.

    rusty, big fricking deal you had to walk up stairs. oh my god! i can't believe you had to walk up the stairs! as if this sort of thing never happens on metro! take the fricking bus, man. it's much more reliable than the metro and usually drops you off much closer (and for a dime less).

    a "crime emergency" has been declared because white people are being attacked in white areas and all you have to say is "oh no!!!!!! i had to walk up stairs to get home to my ultra-white neighborhood!!! mommy help me!!!!!!!!!"

  22. AnonymousJuly 15, 2006

    Rusty has been called childish, annoying, and a racist -- among other colorful adjectives.

    He is also a pedophile.

  23. AnonymousJuly 15, 2006

    To all those stating that Rusty is "whining" about this situation... This truly deserves to be in the blog because it is a reflection of the problems constantly plaguing Metro. The escalators have been down for FOUR days now. The cause is due to some sort of water leak. The combined ineptitude of WASA and WMATA should keep those escalators down for the next two years.

    To compound the problem, Metro has done little to warn people about the problem. Nothing is posted at the actual Metro entrances. Only when you go down the first set of escalators and finally get to the broken long escalators is there anything - and that consists of a sign made from scribbling on the back of some return envelope, taped to a stack of cones. Customers are not notifed by the train operators that only the elevator is working. They are greeted by a sign after they take the escalators up to the level where the manager's station is. More handmade signs (at least they are large) greet them.

    The escalator can only fit eight or nine people at one time and was not designed for high traffic. Those who are unwilling or unable to walk the escalator have to wait a LONG ass time to actually get on the elevator. And don't even think about taking a bike unless you want to be stabbed by the daggers coming out of peoples' eyes.

    Rusty - Keep up the good work and don't let these Hate-O-Rade sipping idiots deter you. But get some more exercise - I'm 27 and I run up those stairs.

  24. AnonymousJuly 15, 2006

    well, he can't have it both ways. you can't oppose ideas that could generate revenue for metro (such as allowing musicical and other acts on the platforms by selling permits) and then complain when repairs are taking too long due to a lack of resources.

    rusty, if it bugs you that much, sell your concert tickets on craigslist for the market price and donate the proceeds to wmata. or write letters to virgina asking them to contribute their fair share to metro.

  25. Of course I can have it both ways. Being against one way to increase revenue does not mean I'm against all forms of revenue. Raise the minimum price of the Metro to $1.45 for all I care.

  26. AnonymousJuly 16, 2006

    So you don't have a problem sticking it to lower-income people by raising the fares but you DO have a problem giving lower-income people a chance to make some money performing in the stations?

  27. AnonymousJuly 17, 2006


    Since you apparently can't count over 100 without your smallish brain exploding, I did it for you.



  28. AnonymousJuly 17, 2006

    what the hell is wrong with you formerly a douchebag? Relax a bit. Have a club soda.

  29. AnonymousJuly 17, 2006

    Lovers want to love, haters want to hate, I just to... piss on you. ...Piss on you...

    Piss, piss, piss. Piss, piss, piss.

  30. AnonymousJuly 18, 2006

    Walking up the stairs is patriotic. Why do you hate America?

    I kid, I kid....

  31. Can we stop saying "fricking" all the time? Henry Clay Frick was my relative and I think it's racist for you to take his name in vain.