The commuting life is full of wild and crazy surprises. Sometimes when I get on the train, I don’t know where I’ll get off — or if I’ll ever get off. So as part of my commuter contingency plan, I’ve started carrying a toothbrush and a spare pair of underwear in my lunch bag. Just in case. Pajamas are next.
These are the times that try commuters’ souls. The disruptions in train service have taught me valuable lessons in life, and I’m on my way to achieving commuter nirvana. Buddha, as you know, taught that life is suffering, and riding Metro-North is just another test, especially since someone pulled the plug on the power for the New Haven Line, and electrical disruptions cut service so badly that only a third of the passengers could get a seat.