Posts tagged ‘WMATA’

They can’t seem to turn the air on at my metro station, it’s been this way for a couple of weeks now in record-breaking hot weather. There used to be air circulation at that station, but they haven’t bothered turning it on or fixing whatever the problem is. Meanwhile the station manager woke up from his nap in his air conditioned office for a moment to listen to my complaint.

(And before anyone from New York says anything, I’m aware that y’all never had any air circulation in your system and that we’re all big wussies here. But we once did have that technology working, but now it doesn’t work. That’s the point I’m trying to make – our system is crumbling. Plus, we’re further south and it’s hotter here…we need air circulation in our stations.)

The mass transit system in DC has really gotten worse the past couple of years. There’s nothing but arrogance and contempt for the rider from both MetroRail management and their employee’s union. Their union once defended employees who were fired from their job for talking on their cell phones while driving. The excuse was, “the employees weren’t told they shouldn’t do that.” It’s fucking common sense, greatly lacking in WMATA and it’s employees.

You know what outraged riders and taxpayers need to do? Wait for another hot week and cut off the fucking air conditioning for the station managers and at WMATA administrative offices. How do you like that, bitches? You take your time waiting to fix problems at the stations, so I’m a ball of sweat by the time I get to work, maybe you guys should see what it’s like.

Apparently I’m not alone in how I feel about our degrading mass transit experience. It’s been one year since the horrifying crash on our system and they’ve only gotten worse. There are a lot of talented, hard-working people out there who could do a better job than you guys, you all need to be fired and ushered out of the building.

PeaCoat.jpgFashion Assistance Alert: I have needed a somewhat formal coat for many winters. My sporty, comfy snowboarding anorak just won’t cut it at the Kennedy Center or on a business trip. It’s time for me to get a grownup coat. But I want to avoid the boring DC fashion standard black wool pea coat. EVERYBODY has one of those, and the color palette in this town seems to be black, charcoal and grey. kermitreporter.jpg I used to have an oversize green khaki pea coat (kinda like this but greener) but I thought it looked ridiculous on me and got rid of it I’m open to ideas, especially non-monochrome color options. Since I’m almost continuously overheated, I tend to prefer lighter materials as well. Activate your homo genes and drop your advice in the comments section.
I want to give a shout out to the hot, dapper slim guy in the black leather jacket and nice beard who was at Macy’s on Sunday afternoon at about 3:30pm in the men’s department. He was carrying his motorcycle helmet and gave me several confirming glances as to his orientation. I think I saw him walking down Swann Street, NW one evening about a month ago. Dreamboat, drop me a line!
If you hadn’t heard, our weekly GLBTWhatever newspaper The Washington Blade folded last week after 40 years of reporting on the community. It is sad, but the staff quickly reincarnated into a new publication that admittedly I haven’t checked out yet. But I did read the Blade in addition to Metro Weekly every week. Washington’s City Paper news weekly wrote a cover story about the purported rivalry between the two publications, which was par for the course for City Paper. CP is always looking for black-and-white rivalries for any given issue, and this story was no exception. Naturally the author constructed a bullshit profile of each publication’s readership, replete with ridiculous stereotypes of older and younger gay in the city. Co-publisher Sean Bugg calls the article “terrible,” but I’ll go so far as to call it “retarded.” Comparing the two publications is like apples and oranges. I went to the Blade for good reporting and hard news, and I went to MW for the interesting interviews with our community’s leaders and for nightlife information. It’s dumb to conjure any kind of rivalry aside from competing for advertising revenue. The content in each publication was distinct.
scott-evans-instinct-magazine-cover-01Fantastic 4’s flaming hetero Chris Evans has an even hotter gay brother named Scott. He’s a little thicker (and furrier!) than his brother, which is fine by me. But of course I could never say that openly to another gay or they ultimately run away in tears, because if you say a guy is “husky” or “thick” they hear the word “fat.”
World AIDS Day is on Tuesday, December 1. The Long View Gallery in Northwest Washington, DC is featuring a series of public health campaign ads for HIV/AIDS support services. The ads span 25 years of safer sex “propaganda,” created mostly by ad hoc underground teams since established advertising agencies weren’t quite ready to embrace the then-tabboo issue on a corporate level. The exhibit runs through the end of December, and opens tomorrow night from 6-8pm at 1234 9th Street NW DC 20001.
I am currently digging a song by Cheryl Cole called Fight For This Love. 3 Words featuring isn’t bad either. Also currently digging this endearing video and cover of the 90’s dance hit “Finally.”
This weekend there was ANOTHER MetroRail train crash, while the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA) insists on rehiring employees who were fired for texting or talking on their cell phones while on the job. Are you people running a public transportation service or a series of mobile death traps?