M.T.A………………….Madness Trauma Agrivation

The MTA is showng just how bad it manages its business or come to that if it manages it all. The proposed fare rises and re-scheduleing is an admission of its failure and lack of ideas to fix a problem that they have brought on themselves. The trains themselves are a joke, filthy, windows scratched, commuters that use it as an overnight doss house, daytime commuters that use it as a mobile  diner, bringing their food to consume on the train and leaving the smelly rubbish behind when they leave…….. Its a disgrace.  The MTA should ask themselves what the ssem is all about and who the main users are and for what purpose. Maybe I can enlighten them somewhat. I make 4 trips a day from Queens to manhatten and return naturally so I see the trains at different times of the day and the difference in the type of commuters. Does anyone from the MTA ever take the time to do this and get some idea the needs and possible wastage. I bet they dont. The easy fix is always to put up the fares and cut the service, job done. The commuter pays for the MTA’s inneficiency. So why not look a little deeper into better ways to manage the situation and bring things into perspective.  The “Rush Hour” is exactly what it says commuters rushing to get to their places of employment and believe me there is no comfort in the trip. Maybe you can get a seat but thats in the lap of the gods but that goes with the territory. Thes commuters are heading to a place of employment and that place is a place  that makes a profit from there being employed there. Wouldnt t be more just for the employers to contribute to the system  which their employees have to use to get to work. Would it not make more sense that you get the money from those that can afford it or at least have it.  The billions of dollars that  is needed to operate the system and the losses that are obviously occuring must show up and can be pinpointed to a particular area or areas so what are they and where are they. Tell us.  Retraining of the guards might be a good idea, announcements are a joke, closing the doors seems to be a task thats played as a game to try and close the doors while commuters are still trying to get off and then try and trap anyone trying to get on. The MTA system is undoubtably in a mess and so are the people that run it.  Make a start, prohibit food on trains, let people eat it where they buy it. If you are going to cu services then create a timetable to stick to so people dont have to stand on a station platform and pray for a train to come. Let them KNOW when its coming, better co-ordinate transfers from one train to another.  Not five  “E” and “F” trains  arriving at Roosevelt and trying to fit on one “R or “V” train.  Encourage weekend commuters to use the system by inceasing the service not having cliens standing around not knowing when a train is coming at anytime.  Start getting professional and earn the wages you get. Mr Bloomberg you are not worthy of another term you are losing your leadership direction for the people of New York unless maybe you want to be a train guard that is.  Cancelling trains is not an option and only goes to show how incompetent the MTA administration is.

U.S. Election…………..Wall Street

Now all the debates are over and confusion still reigns supreme there are still doubfuls and hopefulls that dont know who to vote for.  How could they most of the the time leading up to this election has been spent trying to nail the vice presidential nominees to the cross. Foreign policy is a big issue and who knows the most about it. Meanwhile Wall St is at rock bottom (Americas new Skid Row) and argueing who is going to do what with their share of the hand out. But  Sarah Palins comment that she can see Russia from Alaska is far more important in the media than the price of food gas and mortgages etc. So who is the shining star thats going to put everything right my thoughts are neither of them. Whoever wins this election is heading into a political minefield and capitol hill is going to be a battleground for polititians that let this all happen. Also is everyone convinced that th true losses on Wall Street have been disclosed or are there more to come, other banks waiting on the sidelnes ready disclose losses and get another hadout? Who knows I personally think there are. The statements of losses and the acceptances of it by the government and the eventual payout to the same people who lost it was too cut and dried for my liking. So with the world waiting to see who is going to be in charge of the US in the next 4 years lets hope the new president or superman which he is going to have to be really knows what he needs to do and knows more than the debates have shown


The mind boggles for a visitor to your city when it comes to reading what your powers to be actually want put in place by law or intent that is supposedly for your benefit. I previously posted a blog regarding in regards to the MTA and its price increase, I mentioned in that blog the cleanliness or lack of it on the subway trains, now it seems your Mayor who seems to have total control of everything here is going to increase the number of cleaners on the subway by 11% I think I read. Is this man NUTS, he recently went to London to look into security cameras in action on their subway system and I suppose security cameras in general. Incidently I read that in the UK there is one camera for each 14 people and thats an incredible statistic if thats true. Anyway back to the subject, the subway commuter day start around 6.30am I would think and if you travel at that time the trains are reasonably clean and tidy. Thats the beginning of the day for those commuters to bring their breakfast on the train because they cant leave home a bit earlier or get up a bit earlier to actually consume their food before they get on the train, of course it would be ridiculous to think they could get up in time to actually eat like a human being before they leave the house. So progressively through the day the commuters bring and eat their food and dispense their newspapers and junk on the seats and floor of the train. The Mayors answer to the filthy unhygenic problem is to employ another 11% more cleaners to pick up the crap. This guys the Mayor? he s in charge of things here, boy does New York have a problem with him in charge. I visited Taiwan a few years ago and was impressed at the cleanliness of their subway system, and they achieved it in a way thats beyond comprehension in the city of New York with a Mayor that has the power to put things into operation yet doesnt have the brain power to find the correct solution to a problem. Im going to suggest to him a solution to the problem and it seems to work in Taiwan, STOP COMMUTERS TAKING THE CRAP ON THE TRAINS……..enforse rules or laws prohibiting food and drink beyond a certain point at the station and provide adequate recepticles to receive the rubbish. Transform your cleaners or a proportion of them plus the 11% you intend to employ if needed to ensure and enforce the law of cleanliness and hygene, its beyond all belief that anyone can enforce laws that ban smoking on trains and most other places yet cant stop them eatin and disposing rubbish on subway trains……………Fortunately Mayors in Australia dont have the same powers that they have in the USA which is a good thing in my eyes, I havent seen any bright ideas come from your Mayors thats actually benefit the general public. Your Mayors are politically active enough to run for President so lets face it if this Mayor has his eye on the White House in the future which might lead to cleaning up the world like the present one then make a start for the high office by cleaning up the New York subway system…………Thanks

Niagara Falls and the Seneca Casino

Had a great day yesterday visiting the Niagara Falls, weather was great and it really was a treat to be there. Then someone mentioned the casino, The SENECA CASINO in fact and what a good place it is for lunch etc. Truly it is a very nice place for food buffet style and so much of it. Prior to lunch we went into the smoke filled casino for an attempt at retracting cancer from willing smokers exhaling their crappy efluviums for all to breath. When we went to have lunch we remarked on that and were told there was a non smoking section of the playing area. So off to lunch which as I said was excellent. Now let me ask this question to people who enjoy smoking. Would you all walk through a sewer of shit and whatever to indulge in your smoking pleasure? Well would you? I doubt it very much so why should non smokers have to walk through the smoke filled area created by you to enjoy the same thing that you enjoy because thats exactly what its like for us and I intend to take this up with the casino. I cannot believe the selfishness of the CASINO to have sign saying NON SMOKING on counters where their staff are working and yet make its NON SMOKING clients suffer at the same time. Personally Im not a casino person but I love a bet but I can tell you this, unless you are a smoker then give this CASINO a big miss and stay out in the fress air by the Falls you may live longer. My summary ……..The FALLS, magnificent, the CASINO, nice food nice building nice location, but if your ambition is to go there to win your fortune the riches are outside in the fresh air. For the smokers I say good luck its, not your fault as long as you can cough your way to the casino doors they love you, RIP.

Baseball the wonderful game

As I have stated Im Australian and baseball is not our national game but it is increasing in interest in leaps and bounds and as a convert I love to watch it and enjoy it.

So I dont really think it is much to ask for once having purchased a ticket  to be allowed to watch it. But thats not so, if you end up with seats on either far side behind the umpire ones view of the batting/pitching area becomes greatly diminished. I dont know if this applies to all stadiums but certainly the stadium at Coney Island the home of the Brooklyn Cyclones. So what is the reason for this you may well ask, well booze and food/drinks etc are the  reason.  Now its impossible to stop either of those activities occuring as it is part and parcel to some folks afternoon/evening out and the fun and enjoyment for the kids. .  Now there are areas that are designated at stadiums in Australia for the drinker, you want to drink thats where you go, on Saturday at the game against the Jammers  everytime the guy with a beer box balanced on his head came up and down the steps  the people wanting a beer  he and his clients blocked all visual access to the game. I dont think thats fair they should have the sole seating aside in those outside areas for them alone. Hardly anyone around us seemed to occupy a seat for more than 10 minutes at a time. When the Jammers were five home runs ahead and all seemed lost for the cyclones I spose that was enough to drive a local to drink but their champions got stuck in and reversed the score line in a very thrilling and exciting way. Its a pity I couldnt see much of it because the isles were blocked by people coming and going and buying beer. Thats it …………….thats all…………..I think its a genuine complaint and one that should be and could be easily addressed. Was a good game and congratulations to the Brooklyn Cyclones and thanks for the ball plus I bought a cap it has my initials on it.