One man's perspective of the daily grind on board the Connex Melbourne metropolitan train system.
Tuesday, May 16, 2006
Tue 16 May - I can handle this...
The 07:14 arrives at Ripponlea about three minutes late this morning - consequently we pull into Flinders Street three minutes late. No, it didn't completely ruin my life, I'm sure I'll learn to deal with it after a few months of the appropriate therapy.
Home on the 18:01 and, by the most amazing coincidence, it's also three minutes late into Ripponlea.
An extract from my first post best sums up what this is all about.
"Perception is reality" was one of the many glib phrases my ex-boss used to regularly use. Well my reality is that I have never had a full week of the train that I want to catch running on time. Let me rephrase that somewhat inelegant sentence - I don't believe that of the ten scheduled trains that I would wish to catch in any given week, all ten have ever run as scheduled. Ever. In over four years of commuting on the Sandringham line, my perception is that at least one train per week is either delayed or cancelled.
That's probably a pretty bold call, so to turn my perception into reality, I plan to keep a diary for a while and we'll see how often Connex can deliver me a full week of reliable services. Yes, I know that's a little self-centred, but isn't that the whole point of blogging?