What an inauspicious start to the new year
I was at the Government Center T station this afternoon, on my way to the grocery store. It being January 2, I had to buy a new monthly pass. So I walk in, put my large regular from Dunkies on top of the fare machine, and I begin my purchase. I’ve done this dozens of times, so who knows where my head was at today, but I go through all the motions of selecting the pass I want, until I realize, with a look of horror on my face reflected in the smooth glass of the machine’s touch screen, that I had bought a Charlie Ticket, instead of putting a January pass on my Charlie Card.
For those of you from out of town, the difference between a ticket and a card is the difference between a laserjet printer and a linotype machine. It’s the difference between just walking onto the T, and standing there at the fare box for 15 seconds like a slack-jawed idiot. Paying for the T with a ticket is less than half a step up from paying with money, and regular readers of Dangerous, Dirty, and Unfun know what I think of people who pay with money.
Oh, and I left my coffee on top of the fare machine, so I had to run up half the down escalator to go back and retrieve it, and then my pass didn’t work a second time at Government Center, so I had to walk to Park Street to get on the T. Punch me in the face.
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