I wrote the story about Gucci and Regina (say it however you like) on Sunday; that whole scene played out last Friday. Here's the link in case you missed it: Regina [ri-jahy-nuh].
Yesterday I rode the same Express 1 in the morning. I sat in the back sideways seats. During the route I was busy on my phone again. Passengers got on along the way. I noticed someone had sat on the other end of my bench seat, but there was a purse between us.
Lo and behold, it was Gucci and her purse!
I kept my head down, but I did notice one thing I'd like to share with you:
That is Gucci Fo Sho!
Gucci was wearing Gucci shoes. I can't make this stuff up. I giggled for a few miles at how clever I was to nickname her Gucci. Now if I see the nice make-up lady with a Mary Kay cosmetic bag I'll really crack up.
A.M. Train Ride
This morning I overslept and missed my bus. When faced with the choice of the Sounder Train or the dirty morning 150, I chose the train. That should be no surprise. When faced with the choice of walking 20-something miles to Seattle or taking the 150, I'm going to burn the soles off my New Balances a hundred times before I willingly take the 150. Unless I'm doing it for blog material.
The train -- that blessed train -- comes a full half hour after the last Express bus. I was able to take my time walking to Kent Station and I had plenty of time to take some pictures.
Really, you need to stand behind the line. When that Sounder train comes flying up to the station, it creates quite a breeze. Ladies, if you're wearing a dress it could come flying up Marilyn Monroe-style with the strong zephyr. I'll see everything you've got because I can read and I will be standing behind the yellow line.
Because the Sounder is the brilliant stallion of SoundTransit, they added Welcome mosaics for riders. There are a few Welcome blocks along the platform, behind the yellow line. Genius designers calculated the distance between doors based on the train stopping at a certain point and placed the Welcome blocks exactly where the doors will open. Passengers know where to line up for quick boarding.
Kent is famous for its historical...uhm...never mind. This is the view looking across from the platform. This is the Kent Train Station, which is located across from the Kent Sounder Station. I think the Train Station is abandoned. It's totally dilapidated. I believe the citizens argue at town hall meetings about keeping it and its neighboring eyesore (not pictured) because they're "landmarks."
Somehow I always end up sitting on the top level of the train next to the door separating the cars. This is also the door the security team comes through when they want to randomly check people's Orca cards or bus tickets. No one checks to make sure you've paid when you board. There are outside Orca card payment stands on the platform. You tap before boarding and when you get off so your card pays for the ride and Metro can tell if you went to Seattle or the Everett Station.
Like always, I got off at King Street Station downtown and walked across the street to the Chinatown/International District Station and hopped aboard a Metro bus to get all the way to work. I ended up on a 150 and got off at this station:
Convention Place Convention Place Convention Place. Apparently there's an echo.
The last few days on the bus and train have been entertaining for me, but not nearly as busworthy as what happened to a bus driver in New York State.
According to news reports, 52-year-old New York City bus driver Steve St. Bernard saw a seven-year-old girl dancing on an air conditioner jutting out from a 3rd story apartment building window. She is autistic and had gotten out through the window. He walked over to her just as she fell and caught her. Sure, he happened to be at the right place at the right time, but he is a father and seems like such a great man.
Watch the video here.