You know what the worst feeling in the world is? It's when you've been drinking on a Saturday afternoon*. Then, suddenly, it's 2:30 in the morning. Your body is starting to shut down. All you want to do is go home and get some sleep so you can prepare for a glorious Sunday of football. I hate that feeling. Naturally, DC sensed that and exacerbated it to the point of homicidal rage.
Last Saturday I arrived at the Dupont Circle Metro stop at 2:30 in the morning. The Metro sign in the tunnel said that the Shady Grove train would arrive in 11 minutes. 11 minutes is a mildly annoying wait, but I knew I could handle it.
My train arrived 24 minutes later.
Yes, at the seven minute mark, the closest train going towards Shady Grove disappeared off the board. It was a phantom train. Sort of like The Polar Express, but without the holiday magic. Its replacement train would be arriving in 20 minutes. Awesome.
I ended up staring at that board with the glare that an abusive husband would reserve for when his wife burned the roast. The "why do you make things so difficult" look. Meanwhile, two trains headed towards Glenmont passed me by. Hilariously, when I first got to the station, people waiting on the Glenmont side were promised a 13 minute wait. I guess it wasn't my lucky day.
In order to prevent myself from falling asleep on the train (I did this once and ended up in Rockville), I channeled all my rage into productive thought. I kept thinking about how Interim Metro Chief Dan Tangherlini decided to abandon his pursuit to rid himself of the "interim" tag and take a position within Adrian Fenty's administration. DCist seemed pretty upset that Tangherlini was leaving.**
My question to DCist is "Why?"
I'll admit that I'm still new to Washington politics. If Tangherlini is some administrative wizard or something, I guess it would be sad to see him go. But how has he improved Metro during his brief tenure? The only changes I've noticed have both annoyed me. One was the threat of having street performers on Metro platforms. Just the thought of that makes my blood boil. The other change is that trains are coming every three minutes during morning rush hour instead of every two minutes. Not the end of the world, but still not a positive development.
I'm not accusing Tangherlini for the misleading boards, but I've noticed that happening more often as well. A day before the 24 minute wait, my friends and I were transferring onto the Green Line. Trains were disappearing and reappearing with alarming regularity. I had no clue when my train was coming.
I, for the most part, respect the opinions of the DCist team. If they like Tangherlini then I must be missing something. So, faithful readers, what exactly am I missing? What makes this guy so special? Because I haven't noticed anything that sets him apart from the regular Washington bureaucrat.
*A big thanks to J.J. at As Little as Possible for throwing a great party. That man can really rock the suspsenders.
**I swear to God that my defualt drunk thoughts do not revolve around blogging. Seriously. That would be very lame.