7.23.2007

"What is Up With This Town!?"

On Friday I met up with Toby after work. We met at the Rosslyn Metro Station so we could get some good seats at the Aimee Mann show. The Birchmere website said the best way to find the venue was to take the Metro to Pentagon City and cab it from there. Naturally, the Metro would not cooperate.

When we found each other on Rosslyn's lower platform, the next train wasn't scheduled to arrive for 11 minutes. And this was during rush hour. I was paying an increased fare to wait 11 minutes. Awesome.

Of course, 11 minutes was a bit optimistic. After five minutes all three trains on the board disappeared. When they reappeared the number had jumped back to eight. Then they disappeared again. Finally, we got the dreaded announcement that there were Blue/Orange Line delays and that we might be sitting around for a while. Toby, who Ana Marie Cox once credited with mastering the "semi-annual Metro rant," and I had had enough. We decided to bolt.

And what luck! The elevator to the street was open and ready for our entrance. Run, Toby, run! Alas, we just missed it. Oh well. The two of us decided to wait for the elevator. We were accompanied by an older woman in a pink shirt. While we were checking out the new maps that show you where all the buses go from Rosslyn (a map Toby called "suspiciously informative"), the woman in pink was frantically pushing the elevator's up button. With every passing second she would press that button while mumbling to herself. This woman had places to be. What an affront to have to wait underground!

Finally the woman gives up. "What is up with this town!?" she yells to no one in particular. She hops the Metro gate and makes the long, sad trip up the escalator. No more than 15 seconds later, the elevator arrives and we were on our way.

"What is up with this town!?" I wish I knew, lady. I wish I knew.

If you were wondering, Aimee Mann was fantastic.

20 comments:

  1. AnonymousJuly 23, 2007

    KILL EM ALL

    LET GOD SORT EM OUT

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  2. AnonymousJuly 23, 2007

    Stick this shite up yer bollix, Rusty.

    You suck far harder than DC ever will.

    CCS - Capital City Service, ya bas!

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  3. Free roundtrips on metrorailJuly 23, 2007

    The escalator at Rosslyn is one of my favorite freebe entrances/exits. If you are exiting jump the gate without inserting a farecard and then hop on the elevator. If you are entering jump the gate and then when you exit at your destination tell the station manager you lost your farecard.

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  4. AnonymousJuly 23, 2007

    to confirm, you like aimee mann but hate the doors? what an asshole!

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  5. HahahahahahahahahahahahahaJuly 23, 2007

    If you were wondering, Aimee Mann was fantastic.

    Hahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahaha

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  6. Both you guys are totally fucking.

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  7. neil patrick harris baby daddyJuly 23, 2007

    Gay.

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  8. AnonymousJuly 23, 2007

    wow, someone who hates DC as much as I do!

    is it sad that I'm studying abroad
    yes - Leaving the country just to not have to spend another year in the hell hole that is our nations capital?
    i think not.
    :D

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  9. rosslyn is fucked up. back when i lived in ballston, many moons ago, i was walking down the "walk" side of the escalator. the "stand" side was totally full.

    so, i'm going down at a normal pace - not crazy fast, but not slow by any means. so this guy starts tailgating me. so i go a bit faster. when i get to the bottom he screams, "WHORE!" and then i turn around thinking wtf.

    then he starts chasing me.
    yes, chasing me.

    i started running toward the train as fast as i could, and made it on just as the doors were closing.

    the man, fortunately, did not make it, and pounded on the doors and continued screaming loudly.

    one of my more terrifying metro experiences.

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  10. guy who fanatically chases women on metroJuly 23, 2007

    WHORE!!!!!!!

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  11. AnonymousJuly 23, 2007

    Well, did she sing "Voices Carry" or not?

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  12. AnonymousJuly 23, 2007

    WHORE!!!!!!!

    Hahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahaha

    Pwned.

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  13. rockville saltine allianceJuly 23, 2007

    Well at least Aimee is white. At least Rusty did not go and see beyonce, ashanti, ciara or heaven forbid the god awlful j lo.

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  14. AnonymousJuly 23, 2007

    stop complaining about the metro. try using chicago public transit for a while.. the waits are measured in hours, not minutes.

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  15. AnonymousJuly 23, 2007

    If you were wondering, Aimee Mann was FABULOUS.

    Fixed.

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  16. yeah blue line sucks and is totally unreliable no matter what time of day you are riding. it also sucks because during rush hour they don't run enough cars on it and thus gets overpacked.

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  17. I am confused. What does this posting have to with hating DC? The laat time I checked, Rosslyn was in Virginia and not DC. As a native Washingtonian and a narcicist, I do not accept any other cities in the Metro area as being a part of DC. If you want to hate DC that is fine. But kindly keep you rant to issues that involve DC proper, not Rosslyn, Arlington Bethesda, Rockville ect. We in DC love attention that you give to us keep it up. But please keep those those wanna be Washingtonians out of the spotlight. Your cooperation is a appreciated.

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  18. 1. No, she did not play Voices Carry.

    2. Sorry, capricious. Rosslyn, Alexandria, Bethesda, Silver Spring, etc. all count as DC.

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  19. rusty
    Does this mean that you hate the whole metro area? Wow I was beginning feel special.

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  20. AnonymousJuly 27, 2007

    Rusty, I just wish you'd check your tenses and grammar and stuff before you post. This used to be a pretty solidly written blog.

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