Month / December, 2005

New York City Transit Strike – Day 3

Well it’s all over. The strike is all but a fading memory in the collective sigh of New Yorkers everywhere.

I for one am particularly pleased, as my bicycle’s gear broke halfway through brooklyn today on my morning commute. Far more disturbing, was the story of an off duty firefighter who was struck on his morning commute.

I am very grateful to have the transit workers back on the job and will make sure to thank them everyday, although Diane has always done so… I guess it’s an important lesson for everybody.

Anyway, as you can imagine it’s going to be a little tough to get out a full podcast to you all this month, but I will put a little something together for christmas!

Hope you are all having a lovely holiday season!

New York City Transit Strike – Day 2

11:22 PM

Back home after one hell of a commute. Although all went smoothly, I’ve decided to see how I fare biking all the way in tomorrow. On of my friends John biked from our neighborhood all the way to midtown in an hour! It took me 2 hours and I had a ride part way…

I’m really hoping that this thing will be called off by morning, but I really don’t think the union is going to be making any concessions anytime soon. I just really hope that by next Monday all this is sorted out and everybody is back to work… although if the transit workers aren’t happy with the deal, I’m afraid of the commuting consequences.

Okay, I have to get ready for tomorrow’s bike ride in… we’ll se how it goes… Good night all.

5:09 PM

“We will go to binding arbitration only over the dead bodies of our leadership,” -Roger Toussaint

That can be arranged Mr. Toussaint!

4:08 PM

Just saw a homeless man outside the Duane Reade Pharmacy on 14th and Union Square West, listening to a CD player with noise canceling headphones… Does everyone make more than me?!

11:59 AM

You know what’s worse than commuting in the cold wearing long johns, your parts tucked into your socks, and a dorky sparkly red bike helmet?

Getting seen by your ex-girlfriend and her coworker, in a blue Acura, on the way to work in given outfit.

9:48 AM

Getting was easy, but the bike over was soooo cold! I’m going to hit up the sports store at lunch and buy some new warmer gloves and insulated socks!

Transit strike must have items!

6:30 AM

Still a strike, still it sucks, still dark out and still it’s 25 degrees out. Brrrrrrr!

My house is freezing this time of the morning!

New York City Transit Strike – Day 1

10:19 PM

Just finished pumping up my tires for my expedition tomorrow morning. All this would be a lot more fun if it weren’t for the 30 degree weather. In the summer this would just be a jaunt to Manhattan, but in the winter it’s a possible frost bite excursion… well at least cold hands… that reminds me, I need to find my gloves for tomorrow!

Good night everybody, sweet dreams.

6:49 PM

Phew! Done and done. Looks like my first day working from my underground lair seems to have worked out pretty well. The unfortunate part of the whole affair is tomorrow I have to go to work… DOH! The plan is at the moment that I will be biking over to a fellow brooklyner’s house 30 minutes away and we will drive into the city together. I will have to dress warmly, but it seems like the best solution by far.

How this will all work out is anyone’s guess.

One service which I found particularly useful today was my Free FolderShare account. Which allowed me to access all my computer files from work with absolutely no set up! That’s right, even a monkey on barbiturates could set up an account and share files. It made those “Oops I forgot the jenkins file” worries a thing of the past. I just went to my work computer and downloaded the files I needed.

Why haven’t I done this sooner?

As for the strike, I am officially pissed at the TMU for not working this out. While I’m all for unions and for the little man getting what he deserves, the TMU is absolutely out of their minds! This crap about pensions and what not is absolute bollocks. These guys make $47k a year starting salary! I make less than that and I went to College for 4 years! Plus they get benefits, healthcare, and half pay after retirement at age 55! Fifty-five?! I’ll be lucky if I can ever retire!

The fact of the matter is that the union reps should take a good look around at what us riders have, because they are getting no sympathy from me.

12:20 PM

Aside from the fact that my office assumed I would be coming in this morning, all is going pretty smoothly from the home office. I think it’s a testament to our offices use of online management tools that I can work sufficiently from home and not really feel much discomfort… if only my dad would get the hang of AIM[AOL Instant Messenger] then the system would be perfect.

(Off to Lunch.)

8:50 AM

This computer is so not set up to be worked on from home for my purposes. I just tried to open one of my files to see if I could open it and I have none of the fonts installed… I guess today is going to be 90% setting up this computer as a work station.

(fun)

8:30 AM

Crap! Just checked 1010 Wins and heard that the strike is on and I now have to work from home. I never thought I would say this, but I really wanted to go to work today. I have so much to accomplish before the holidays hit and now it looks like I wont be getting all that I had hopped for, done.

The Times’ article Transit Union Walkout Follows Collapse of Contract Talks is not raising my hopes that this will be resolved any time soon.

Need some tea.

Sun Stroke and Freezer Burn

Dominican Beach

When you visit a tropical locale in the end of November you expect to come back to a colder climate. Sure that’s what I thought too, but you tell that to my tan. No matter how hard I tried, I couldn’t admit to myself that I was coming back to a cold grey world… especially one covered in snow… which is what I awoke to this morning.

Yesterday palm trees… today slush.

The trip, however, was completely amazing and refueled my desire for travel, which has been sorely lacking as of late. We spent 7 nights at a all-inclusive resort called Melia Caribe in Punta Cana, DR. It was absolutely spectacular. It was also very reasonable (less than $100 per person per night).

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