Monday, January 11, 2010

We're Missing Out on This?!?

It turns out yesterday was the annual "no-pants light rail ride." Cincinnati remains blissfully rail-free, so we weren't subjected to this visual ass-ault.

In Seattle, hundreds rode Sound Transit sans pants at the behest of the Emerald City Improv. The drama group told people to act like any other passenger, but just without pants.

In Phoenix, about 100 people proved Saturday that showing off cute underwear, even if it's in public, isn't always sexy.

In New York City, hundreds more stripped to their skivvies on the train to celebrate "scenes of chaos and joy in public places."

Washington, DC (former home of the pants-dropper-in-chief) was part of the festivities; and the blog, "Unsuck DC Metro" had perhaps the best take on the day's events.
Call us fuddy-duddies, but this whole No Pants Metro Ride is puzzling to say the least.

Why would anyone WANT to ride the Metro when they didn't have to, and why would they do so with no pants?

Don't get it. Never gonna do it. But there's a fair amount of buzz, and maybe it's a good time, so we'll leave it as a case of different strokes for different folks.

However, if you're going to let your bare skin meet a Metro seat, you might want to read the following post. It has to be one of the most disturbing non-fatal Metro experiences anyone has ever reported. The writer would like to remain anonymous.
I got on the Yellow Line at Pentagon City recently heading back to work at Gallery Place. Since it wasn't that crowded, I sat down on a seat that happened to have a newspaper on it. Little did I realize I had just sat in a pile of bum crap camouflaged by the newspaper. It was everywhere. I got off at Pentagon, and after trying without luck to find help, some friends came to my rescue by bringing some clothes and driving me home where I took about five showers. I then called Metro’s complaint line, and after leaving a voice mail, I got a call back the next day. You’d think they’d want to act ASAP if they had a train car rolling around that was filled with poop! She did take my info and put me in touch with the claims department (all my clothing and shoes were ruined).
I have heard enough about having a “shitty day” to last me a lifetime.
Maybe it was the same person who did this:
7:14 p.m. An inbound Yellow Line train at Huntington was dispatched late because human waste was found on the train.
7:54 p.m. An inbound Orange Line train at Court House was delayed to allow Metro personnel to isolate a rail car because of human waste.
It seems there's something not altogether right about rail people.


  1. Yes! Let's keep rail out of Cincinnati! It's obviously a socialist plan to bring immorality to our fine city!

  2. Who said anything about morality? It's about not losing your lunch.

    Some people shouldn't be seen in their underwear. Be courteous to others and keep that covered up.

  3. So far in 2010, COAST has opposed increasing choice among transit options for the following reasons:

    1. It snows.
    2. Some people have an odd sense of humor.

    Stop insulting our intelligence. If you have legitimate problems with increasing transportation choices, voice those. We will legitimately and respectfully have a public discourse on each argument's merits and shortcomings. You ruin your credibility and waste the public's time with this nonsense.

  4. Mark, I don't think you need to be posting pictures of CinciCapell's wife. She has enough problems to deal with, between having a mentally disturbed spouse and the extra 250 pounds.

  5. Mark, is that a photo from the "no pants" ride or just one from your personal collection?

  6. CAAST that was completely unnecessary man!

  7. I agree with Bris.


We follow the "living room" rule. Exhibit the same courtesy you would show guests in your home.