Blog: LASJ

The transit system here is better than in my country

In this city theres a train line that services the city north-south. For paying for fares there are two options: one is buying a card that has four rides worth of value on it. The other (for citizens) is to buy a card you can recharge). You buy these at booths from people inside the station building/area. The four-rides option is a plastic credit-card style card.

To enter the train terminal, there are turnstyles with card readers. You place your card against the reader. A screen beside it displays how much value you are charged and how much remains. If it is the last of four rides, it tells you to insert the card (instead of keeping it in your hand as you enter). Then the turnstyle is unlocked and you pass through. There are transit workers here which can see no one is jumping over the turnstyle.

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Now you ride the train as much as you want until you exit a turnstyle at any station. There is a flat rate for taking the train anywhere and for any amount of time. You do not scan your card when you exit. You just exit. Therefore if you lost your ticket on the train you wont have a problem exiting.

The security workers for the train are therefore not tasked with 'policing' or 'checking tickets.' There is no uncomfortable and irritating ticket checks. There are no fines or the cost of processing fines. The workers who would be checking tickets and 'policing' in my country are here allowed to service the customers ie offer information and directions when asked and ensure physical safety and security.

The experience is easier and more comfortable and less aggravating. The cost of running this type of system appears to be much less because it involves less problems to have to deal with and perhaps less workers - in any case, the workers appeared to me of more value than the 'ticket checkers' etc in my country's city trains.

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Man in Dress Pants 1

Approaching the bench I've been sitting at
In dress clothes, an older man
Like an older man, the white collared shirt perhaps died slightly by a wash with something red,
The grey loose dress pants actually patterned if you look close,
The simple black polished dress shoes and short white grey hair
Slightly hidetan coloured face, slightly hawkish, slightly serious or stern,
A newspaper in his hand
I've been reading a novel and am still drinking the paper cup of tea from the breakfast I just ate here
Hes also going to read I take it 
He comes to the bench
Puts the paper down flattens it out on the bench wood, and sits on it
Is the news that bad today, senior?
That you have to read it with your ass?
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"me and my friends miss rock and roll"

Nothing on my phone this morning except a couple of replies. there was a new vid by lana. out of the people today, really lana must be the top. chan isnt making music any more it seems, and the last one was unfortunately more towards a pop attempt, which is one of her ambitions i think but didnt go through. both women. are there any other musicians today? lanas been putting out tracks for the past few months to a year. mariners apartment complex, venice bitch, and doin' time (by sublime). with 70s like ( / 90s like) solos and lots of lyrics. theyre mostly not that great songwise, but still good and lana. before them i thought highly of lana but not as highly as now. something in the type of songs. yup, i think higher of her than if she had put out an album full of amazing written songs. the one today was another ballad, about it sounded like an appraisal of things, culture, music, and possible bowing out. it has the lyrics 'guess im burnt out afterall.' and that she and her friends miss rock and roll. this is the same thing ive been feeling recently.

i had a few shitty days a few days ago, uncontrollable, and wrote a metal album. so much more interesting than the electronic shit recently. and the drums. i wont explain. i dont think you can ignore or avoid electronic. its just that its not as fun to play. you dont have an instrument. and the people making it are producers, hands off, and thats not the same either. when you listen to their tracks. a girlfriend of mine sent me a couple shes been listening to. they werent bad. there was a good use of accentuating organ synth notes, and i think a decent guitar or voice hook. but overall so flat and boring. you can hear that they probably took a few loops and premade samples and put them in to compose the majority of the track. also that they probably didnt spend years picking up and playing an instrument or writing songs. the other thing though that i was feeling a bit ago is that the musics not hard enough. ive been wanting harder music again. the headbanging, the arm banging or fist pumping, the forward sound, the attitude and perspective. even hard edm doesnt have it. it has just louder grinding serum synths and bigger builds.

i guess also that lana is a bit like the latin and greek poets now, that commented on things and made us think or realize them, also in song. the poets of old did so in song, right? the recent ones just in verse mostly meant to be read. but like of old, now we wake up in the morning and still in our bed listen to lana sing a song about the times still in our bedsheets sheets wondering what were going to do with the day.

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