Things to do for 20 minutes on a single-tracking Sunday

13 Aug
  1.  Count the tiny mice scampering around the track bed
  2. Try to remember when the information displays in the station last worked
  3. Try to figure out whether you could walk to the next station in 20 minutes
  4. Move out of the way so that guy can use the outlet behind you to charge his phone
  5. Think about just going back outside to catch the bus to where you’re going, but then remember that that bus route was eliminated last year
  6. Decline to buy socks/DVDs/a half-fare card/incense/a 9-volt battery
  7. Wonder what the life span of a transit station-dwelling pigeon is
  8. Be glad you’re not sitting next to the guy holding forth on what’s really in the Bible/the Constitution/the tax code/the water
  9. Wonder how anyone gets up to the ceiling to change the light bulbs over the tracks
  10. Check your phone to see how long you’ve been waiting now (See Item 2)

3 Responses to “Things to do for 20 minutes on a single-tracking Sunday”

  1. Baker 08/15/2012 at 7:56 am #

    Ha, I also enjoy counting the tiny mice. I don’t remember when I first noticed that, perhaps when I was old enough to walk close to the track without a parent thinking I would fall in. It’s amazing those tiny little mice.

  2. atlurbanist 08/15/2012 at 11:08 pm #

    Great list! Single tracking times are awful. I feel for you.

    I’ve seen tiny mice running up the gutter thingy on the stairway at North Avenue station. I can’t figure out where they go when they get to the top.

    • OO 08/15/2012 at 11:27 pm #

      I’ve seen them doing that in the space next to the stairs at Lindbergh. Maybe it’s some kind of mouse workout and they just turn around and run back down.

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