Train Delay, And Movies

Starting at 5:43 this morning, I received a series of texted Transit Alerts. First: Link light rail is interrupted by a blockage on the tracks. Then: Link is not serving the northbound platform at Othello Station. Use the southbound platform.

Then: Link is not operating between Rainier Beach and Columbia City. Alternate transportation is being provided. Then: Link is back to serving the southbound platform at Othello Station, but not the northbound platform.

Finally, at 6:38: Link light rail has resumed normal operations at all stations, with service delays.

I rode the 47 bus to Westlake Station. The southbound platform was jammed with people and suitcases. Two northbound Link trains came and went, and I remembered this morning’s text messages. Several southbound buses came and went, and I remembered that I don’t have to ride light rail – anything moving through the tunnel will take me to Pioneer Square. (I’ve become used to seamless, reliable light rail service.)

I began making my way up to the front of the platform. Then a southbound Link train arrived. It was a 2-car train, and it was packed full. I managed to find a space inside, near the door.

If I’d trusted my initial instinct, I would have had a seat on a bus rather than crammed into the aisle of a light rail train.

I don’t know what caused the delay – signal malfunction, car running a red light, or something else. Whatever it was, it wasn’t big enough to make the local news. It doesn’t really matter. It was handled swiftly, I was kept informed, and I wasn’t late for work.

Meanwhile, I’m on a Wes Anderson kick. His films are beautiful and thoughtful. He has a unique, immediately recognizable style.

At the moment, Moonrise Kingdom is my favorite Wes Anderson film, with The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou in a close second. I loved The Darjeeling Limited and The Grand Budapest Hotel.

Fantastic Mr. Fox didn’t grab me, unfortunately. It was lovely to watch, but I just didn’t get into the story.

I haven’t seen either The Royal Tenebaums and Rushmore (yet).

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