The morning it all went right

Dropped the kids at their place of business, then got to the station, had a chat with the station host.

The train was on time, not too crowded, and ran express where it was supposed to.

An old uni buddy got on at Caulfield and we had a catch-up chat. He described an interesting theory that public transport users are often healthier, because (apart from the fact that they get more exercise) they have more exposure to a wider variety of people and their germs, so (within reason) they build up more resistance to disease. Hmmmm.

As I strolled down Collins Street, a cheerful “Hi Daniel!” and a wave from an acquaintance.

When I got to work I didn’t have to wait too long for the lift, and there were plenty of teabags and milk in the kitchen. Is there any more anybody could ask for in a morning?

By Daniel Bowen

Transport blogger / campaigner and spokesperson for the Public Transport Users Association / professional geek.
Bunurong land, Melbourne, Australia.
Opinions on this blog are all mine.

3 replies on “The morning it all went right”

“Is there any more anybody could ask for in a morning?”

Howzabout a working yearly? I’ve had the thing for about a month, and already the machines don’t like it anymore.

I gave it to the station staff, who had me fill in a form for a replacement. They gave me to weeklies and told me I’d receive a new one in 2 weeks.

That’s it. “Told” me. No receipt.

“You just want me to hand over my $1000 metcard?”


“No receipt? Just hand it over? I’m supposed to just trust you?”


Hmmph. At least I made her fill out & sign a second form for me to carry around until I get the new yearly. Either way, not impressed (or reassured). This is normal?


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