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Transit

Friday
December 16, 2005

It came down to the wire, but I decided against using my Southwest Airlines frequent flier ticket to go to New York City for the final Howard Stern show on terrestrial radio. The decision came on Wednesday night, as the New York City transit strike, slated to begin at 12:01 a.m. today, was still looming as a possibility.

My friend Domingo had generously offered to let me stay at his place, but he lives about 6-7 miles from Sirius' studios. With a transit strike, I would've been stuck. Moreover, the Long Island Rail would have been used in part to help with stranded commuters, and while it would still be used to connect Penn Station in Manhattan with the Long Island/Islip airport, the chance for delays and problems was heightened considerably. So, I decided to be safe rather than sorry.

It turned out that a labor agreement was NOT reached by midnight. However, as of this writing, there's only a very minor select walkout with a couple of small lines, so it would've worked out, apparently. But it was quite cold and rainy up there today, so it's not as if conditions were ideal. I would've liked to have been there for it, but it was a chance I just couldn't take.

January 9, 2006 is just around the corner... If you don't have Sirius yet, you can get it with this link and save money.

The Apprentice finale on NBC last night was quite interesting. Randal won, which was no surprise. But when he had the chance to give Donald Trump his okay with allowing Rebecca to also be hired... he said no. In a moment of unintentional comedy, he said that, "This is The Apprentice, not The Apprenti." Isn't the plural of apprentice actually apprentices? Randal, the Rhodes scholar and MIT grad, perhaps over-thought that one a little bit. If it was pro wrestling, he would've turned on Rebecca and re-broken her ankle with a steel chair. Alas, it is not...


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