August 25 11

I’m thinking of switching from the subway to the GO train.

I see you over there, rolling your eyes, wondering why on earth you read this site here, seeing as I am quite possibly the boring person on the face of the planet. No really, I am. I started playing foursquare because I have heard that you can get free things and I thought, whee! I like free things! But truthfully, foursquare really just makes me feel bad about myself. I have the saddest little life. I check in at, like 4 different places. EVER. Subway stations, coffee shops, my office. Just this morning, I won some sort of badge for being a coffee addict (excitement!) and I am The Mayor of exactly one place — St. Joseph Media. My office building. This should tell me something, no? Make a mental note y’all: RIGHT, Ali is boring.

Anyway, so, yes. Thinking of making the switch.

(If you stick around, there may some interesting story about how I was a stupid asshole in high school. And how I went to a Cranberries concert. So, it might be worth the wait…I wasn’t always so dull, I swear.)

Daily, I drive 25 minutes to the nearest subway station, I pay $5 for the luxury of parking 400 miles away from the actual station, i walk and walk and walk through wind tunnels and finally get on the 30 minute ride to my stop at Queen station. Don’t feel badly for me. I live in the Toronto nosebleeds; I signed up for this. I trade it for a postage-stamp sized lot and good public schools that I don’t send my children to. I am really great at making smart decisions. Anyway, there is a GO train (express train) station about 4 minutes from my front door, where parking is luxurious and free. I could hop on a train and get a comfortable seat and read my book all the way downtown. I could do this. Don’t ask why I do not do this. It has something ridiculous to do with my being a complete and total control freak and being forced to be on the train’s schedule and good god what if something were to happen to one of my kids and I’d have to wait an hour for the next train when instead I could hop on a subway every 4 minutes.

This, though, threw me over the edge.

What you are looking at, other than the possible unintentional upskirt shot is the back bumper of my black car. The back bumper which is now white because some jackhole at the parking lot at Finch station decided to drive right into me and drive right on away. No note, nothing. And this is the second time this has happened. I guess I should feel lucky, friends of mine have had their cars stolen from said lot.

I have been in exactly two car accidents while behind the wheel, and both of them leave me with a gross sick feeling and the inability to ever eat blue raspberry coke bottle candies or hear any Cranberries song on the radio without being immediately transported to Chicago, circa 1995, while on the way home from a concert, while looking mostly like this

complete with giant father-sized denim shirt and Doc Martens, I hit the gas instead of the brake at a rainy stoplight and hit the car in front of me, and the car in front of him. The eight people who were packed into my Jeep were pretty panicked, because I probably should not have been eating sour candy and fighting over radio stations and transporting too many people to a concert that I told my mom that Naomi’s mom was driving us to.

God, teenagers are super fun. I can’t wait to have some of my own.

The second was eerily similar, as it involved me eating sour candies and radio stations and mixing up pedals and rainy stoplights. Only this time there was the extra special bonus of being behind the wheel of my father-in-law’s giant Lumina.

I don’t know what was a worse feeling—having to call my mother and not only tell her that I had lied to her, but I had gotten into an accident leaving my car undriveable OR having to tell my father-in-law, who was not excited about having me borrowing his car in the first place, that I had gotten into an accident leaving his car undriveable.

It’s still kind of a toss up.

They still both make me feel like crap.

Because of how they made me feel, though, I could never—in good conscience—HIT another car in a parking lot and just drive away. I mean, who does that? Obviously no one who has ever had to call her mother from a police station in the middle of downtown Chicago.

No, people like us, we leave notes. Or possibly baked goods.

I hear this never happens at the GO train.

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  1. You’re second most boring – I would only be mayor of my living room. Or possibly Beege’s school.

    Take the GO. Give in, Ali. You run into the same problem of not being able to get somewhere fast enough if the subway is delayed, or you get stuck in traffic on the way from that horrible parking lot (Finch?) to wherever it is that you need to go. You might as well be comfortable (and not having to drive while freaked) if a situation for rushing home comes up, right?

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    Comment by Jessica on August 25, 2011
  2. Confession: I still have no need to Argue on my iPod. :)

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    ali replied on

    I do too! We were just talking at work about how it’s STILL a great album.

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    Comment by Tamara on August 25, 2011
  3. Go Train – all the way. And when our kids are teenagers, we shall drink coffee and worry together. It’s on you – I hear you have an in with the coffee shop.

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    ali replied on

    You are on. It’s totally on me.

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    Comment by Sharon on August 25, 2011
  4. Given the horrors you deal with regularly on the subway (at least from the stories you tell, they sound like they happen regularly), you’re probably better off on the GO Train.

    You may want to find out how busy your line is and if you’ll get a seat at your station. Not having a seat every day would get on my nerves. On the subway it’s more expected but on the GO (especially in the morning) it’s annoying.

    If you had to get to your kids more quickly than the GO could get you there, you could always subway to Finch, take a cab home and pick up your car later. So there’s always that option.

    Oh, and thanks for approving my Foursquare request – My checkins seem to all be lunch places, Walmart and the LCBO. Not sure what that says about me. :)

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    ali replied on

    I always have a seat in the morning on the subway, but NEVER on the way home.

    On the GO, I’d have a seat both ways.

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    Comment by melissa on August 25, 2011
  5. I kind of get the schedule thing with the GO Train. But, if your subway is anything like ours, when it is non-rush hours, they don’t run all that often anyway so you’ll still be waiting, if you needed to get home.

    I could take our Metra train to work. It might be faster. But since I get to ride the bus and EL for free, I do that.

    You don’t have an equally valid excuse.

    Plus, SEAT! A SEAT!

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    Comment by Kristabella on August 25, 2011
  6. Take the GO. I had coworkers who took the same kind of train when I was in Vancouver and they LOVED it.

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    Comment by Angella on August 25, 2011
  7. Oh, Breaker High! Bahahahahaha. What about Young Hercules?!

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    Comment by Chris on August 25, 2011
  8. GO train, all the way…so much nicer. And when your adjust to the schedule you’ll be so happy about making the switch. I used to live halfway between a TC stop and a GO station, and GO always won. *sigh* how I miss Toronto.

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    Beth replied on

    Holy typos, stupid mobile web.

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    Comment by Beth on August 25, 2011
  9. Think about this…if one of the kids got sick at school and you had to walk to the subway, wait for it, get one, ride to your stop, trek to your car and then drive home…wouldn’t it be possibly the same amount of time as the Go train??

    Also? Think about how much easier it will be when the evil white stuff starts falling. :)

    And you’re no more boring than me. Actually you are possibly 100x more interesting than me.

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    Comment by Issa on August 25, 2011
  10. WAIT. You chose your control freak thing OVER your public germs/ickiness thing? You need to rectify that situation now.

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    alimartell replied on

    they are both public transportation. both have germs?

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    Avitable replied on

    Yeah, but one seems like there’s more potential for germy encounters because of the length of time.

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    alimartell replied on

    not sure about which one would have more, likely the subway. They are both germy. But, either way…they both make me squirmy with anxiety…the subway stops about 18 times between work and home. so, if i’m anxious, I have the option to get off.

    the train is an express. It’s longer and it doesn’t stop at all until you get downtown. so, that’s a little bit of where my control freakiness comes into play?

    Avitable replied on

    Yeah, I could see that. I could never take a train to work. I’d have to drive. That’s how much of a control freak I am!

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    Comment by Avitable on August 25, 2011
  11. I have one solution for that “train” thing.. Stay home and never go out (JOKE!) lol…

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    Comment by Jenny on August 26, 2011
  12. Hi Ali,

    Being a control freak myself, i can feel your pain.
    But in this case you *really* should consider the GO train
    ;-)

    Liza

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    Comment by Liza on August 29, 2011
  13. I haven’t tried riding on GO train. It is because I usually ride on the ordinary and simple train. Even though there are no freebies, I like riding on trains. It is because there is no traffic and it is nice way to travel. Thanks for sharing the nice thoughts about going to GO train.

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    Comment by Stephan Hilson on August 29, 2011
  14. hey I feel that we always have memories that needs to be shared with so many people that we are out of time so in such cases we name them as novels and blogs etc names. I love this sharings.

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    Comment by Lea G on August 29, 2011
  15. Yes, I do feel that few times, that time is not always favourable to us, things get upside down sometimes but I feel that these experiences you met in car, train will be a learning experience to many of them who read it.

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    Comment by Leonor Miller on August 29, 2011
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