One of the downsides of living in the Washington, DC area is the unpredictable traffic and the frequent crazy commutes. Although I’ve experience many wild and frustrating commutes over the past 7 years last year I experienced my first crazy commute. And then there was yesterday… The crazy commute part 2.
The day started out great. A morning walk with the puppy, first time wearing my new sweater, and a great talk with my hubby on the way to the metro. It was going to be a good day.
And then we got on the Washington Metro train (WMATA)… Neal and I caught our usual train, the 8:22AM. At 8:30AM we started experiencing delays and waited to hear from the conductor as to what was going on. Metro is well known for their apologies for inconveniencing people and today was no different. “We are sorry for the inconvenience. Metro is experiencing delays due to a train malfunction at NOMA” the conductor said.
At 8:43AM just a few seconds after leaving the Friendship Heights station our train went dark with only the emergency lights on over the door ways. Slowly out train came to a complete stop. 3 minutes later the conductor announced that we had indeed lost power and that she would be leaving the front of the train to walk through the entire train.
As she walked through our cab she announced “I should have stayed home today”.
At first people were quiet on the train but as the temperature rose people began to talk to one another. I jumped into funny mode, laughing with an older lady (who was an absolute doll) that I’d give her a piggy back ride if we indeed needed to evacuate the train.
As we started to talk to the people around us we found out that 3 of the people near us never ride the train but for various reasons had to take it in today. Not the best day to take the train I guess.
At 9:30 AM, almost an hour after the power went off, DC police arrived on the scene. The officer who came through our car was extremely informative and helpful.
After a few announcements about having to evacuate the train (9:50AM), power crews began testing the power before they sent 1000 people into the tunnel to walk to the next station. At 9:53AM they began to test the electricity and at 9:54AM the power turned back on!
To be honest, I was kinda looking forward to walking through the tunnel… an adventure if you will. But the truth is, it was best that the power turned back on. There were a lot of older people and I’m sure there were individuals who would not have found the walk in the tunnel fun.
At 10:03AM the train began moving and then at 10:09AM I exited the next station in my quest to get to work.
The next obstacle was the shuttle to work, which couldn’t get to the metro due to road closures… so it was time to walk the 1.5 miles.
I officially arrived at work at 10:43AM, exactly 2 hours after the power went out in the train. Lets just say it was a crazy day with a crazy, crazy commute. Thankfully I had dinner plans tonight with Becky and Abi which totally made my day.
For dinner I made the girls turkey tacos with all the fixins.
Guacamole, refried beans, Chobani, salsa, jalapenos, and cheese.
I also picked up a pack of these babies which was just what I needed after a long day.
The rest of the evening was spent packing for Fitbloggin and snuggling with my puppy!
I am overjoyed to be leaving for Fitbloggin this morning! I am meeting with Lauren from Oatmeal After Spinning bright and early at 6:45AM and then we’re going hiking before heading up to Baltimore. I’ll be at the conference through Saturday but stay tuned, I have an amazing giveaway tomorrow!! You wont want to miss it.