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RIPTA a Rant One of Many January 2, 2015

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So this evening I got to the stop for the 27/28 bus lines at 5:30PM on the dot. No 27 bus to be found. So I figured I’d wait as the 5:40PM I’d catch the 28 bus – both run down Broadway until Olneyville where they split off, the 27 towards Manton Avenue, the 28 toward Hartford Avenue.

The 28 bus as I said was supposed to be that at 5:40PM and in fact often gets in at around 5:35PM. But tonight, just because traffic was light it got in at 5:43PM. Yeah, you read that right, light traffic and the bus was late anyway. How the fuck does that happen?

Now I know RIPTA is planning to enable GPS tracking on buses but get this – they won’t put it up on the web, oh no. You’ll have to go to a kiosk in downtown Providence to see that. I’m tempted to hack it.

This is why I prefer the MBTA Subway lines. They’re pretty much on time most of the time. Oh and they do make every stop but my commute from South Station to Central Square Cambridge is at a max 13 minutes, but more frequently 10 or 11 minutes. Zip, zoom go. Well, maybe not – it’s a 4.3 mile car ride, about 3 miles train wise. Which would mean the average speed of the Red Line is 16.36MPH, or 26KPH for my metrically oriented friends. But that train seems to go a lot faster. I’ve got to turn on Google Maps someday and have it calc the true speed between two stations. Because those trains are moving at way faster than 16.36MPH/26KPH. They crank more like 35MPH to 50MPH or 56.3KPH to 80.5KPH. It’s the time at the station stops that eats it up and reduces it. But still I like it much more than a bus.

AFA vs. Subway Contest that excludes the home schooled May 27, 2008

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The AFA is miffed again because home schooled kids can’t enter a contest that buys sporting goods, etc. for the winners school.

Instead the AFA wants the prize money to go towards ” local park, church or school of the winning home schooler’s choice” I have no problem with the park, but school of choice or church bothers me. It bothers me because the choice of most home schoolers would probably be some neo-con church and/or school.

And it’s not discrimination. It’s the fact that the intention of the contest is to help a school out. And quite honestly Subway can exclude whoever it wishes to as there’s no requirement that a business open a contest to EVERYONE. If it were the case that they did, you’d have no way to refuse to just pass out as many chances to any Joe off the street as you could, and nor would there be any special purchasing deals.

Subway tells home schoolers: We will not allow you to participate in our contest.

Subway discriminates against home schoolers.

May 27, 2008

Dear ,

Subway, the sandwich restaurant, wants to hear your child’s story – unless he or she is home schooled.

The national chain’s “Every Sandwich Tells a Story Contest” offers prizes and a chance to be published on the Subway Web site and in Scholastic’s “Parent & Child” magazine but specifically excludes home schoolers. Subway’s website states:

NO PURCHASE NECESSARY TO ENTER OR WIN. Contest is open only to legal residents of the Untied (sic) States who are currently over the age of 18 and have children who attend elementary, private or parochial schools that serve grades PreK-6. No home schools will be accepted.

Subway will probably say they excluded home schools because of the main prize ($5,000 worth of athletic equipment to the winning child’s school). But Subway could have given it to a local park, church or school of the winning home schooler’s choice.

Subway’s Web site promotion not only misspells “Untied (sic) States,” but offers the grand prize winner a “Scholastic Gift Bastket (sic) for your home.”

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