You can steer yourself, any direction you choose.
Today was my first day at work. Due to a lovely and thick stacks of nondisclosure agreements and the threat of prison I can’t tell you a whole lot about it, but I can give you a basic feel for what I do. I’m given bags of action figure bits. Using my trusty Dremel, super glue, X-Acto, pliers, and anything else I need, I assemble all of the action figure bits into a full-blown (albeit unpainted) action figure! These action figures, models of next years’ toys, are then sent to packaging so that they have a solid model to mold plastic around and things.
Apart from that I’ll also be working with molds, cleaning pieces, and generally just being a helper around Hasbro’s model shop. Hasbro is AWESOME! I mean, let’s face it, I work in a toy factory. Anywho, back to the first line of the post.
I can steer myself any direction I choose, but that doesn’t necessarily mean that I’ll end up going that direction. I commute to and from work every day about an hour. I take a train to RI and then I take a train back. The trip there went really smoothly. The trip back was a little iffy. My main leg was fine, I made it to South Station from Rhode Island, but the train from South Station to MIT wasn’t running (broken or something) so everybody was taken to a bus.
I choose to steer myself: North!
The bus driver chooses to steer: Wherever the (*@#&)&(*$ he wants, as long as it gets us completely lost and takes over an hour.
Seriously, a 10 minute T ride took over an hour because the bus driver couldn’t comprehend what a right turn only lane was. We circled the same huge park twice, in rush hour, on a crowded bus that wouldn’t stop to let people out. It was kind of like something out of a horror movie, only real.
I did eventually make it back to MIT and back into my room. Luckily, through all of it, I had my new toy that I bought at work today.
Ordinarily $15.00, due to my uber-cool employee discount I got him at work for $7.00. My work has a toy store in it, does yours?
In short, the T is normally a very reliable form of transportation, it’ll get you where you need to go, but sometimes it breaks. If it breaks, DON’T TAKE THE BUS! Oh, and if you do, make sure you have a potato head to keep you company.