Morning Commute in DC

I took this photo a while back on the Metro to/from Washington, D.C. 


It combines the seemingly normal person on the way to/from work listening to music and reading the newspaper with wearing a pretty scare face mask. 


It reminds me of the horror movie, “The Purge,” where people are permitted one night a year to commit crimes and murder others “legally” as a venting mechanism for social unrest and to help eliminate crime and criminals. 


Sitting across from this guy, you’re not really sure if he’s gonna finish reading the paper and walk off the train all nice or get up and start wiping people out left and right. 


Big cities in the U.S. can be scary places, and the mass transportation systems are one of those places where you don’t always feel safe. 


Maybe a mask is just a mask until G-d forbid, one day, it isn’t.


(Credit Photo: Andy Blumenthal)

Jerusalem’s Amazing New Bomb Shelter

Please see my new article in The Times of Israel called, “Jerusalem’s Amazing New Bomb Shelter.”

Israel Railways zips passengers north-south between Nahariya and Be’er Sheva and east-west between Jerusalem and Tel Aviv…but the best thing of all is that it also serves for the strategic defense for its citizens…there are provisions for 3,000 to 5,000 people to shelter from a nuclear, chemical, or biological attack on the holy city of Jerusalem

Thankfully, Israel is growing as a democracy, a Startup Nation, and as a light unto nations, yet it must remain vigilant and strong against enemies that could even attempt the unthinkable. 


(Source Photos: Andy Blumenthal)

(Source Photos: Andy Blumenthal)

613 Buses

613 Buses

Here’s my next encounter today with mystical number 613 (the number of Commandments in the Torah).


This is the sign on the bus shelter by the Foggy Bottom Metro.


Two buses are on the way–the M36 and M31.


Both coming to the same bus stop.


One immediately right after the other. 


Read top right to lower left…613.


Within ten minutes I saw yet another 2 signs on the metro train in 2 different locations…both 6 car trains coming right after each other in 1 and 3 minute intervals.


(Note: Metro also has 8 car trains that it usually alternates with the 6’s, but today none were in sight at either station). 

613 Train
I am not making this stuff up…this is freaky, but if you believe, maybe also very cool. 😉


(Source Photos: Andy Blumenthal)

Stop Harassment Now

Harassment 2

I took this photo on the Washington, D.C. Metro. 


“If It’s Unwanted, It’s Harassment.”


Only a day or two later, some ladies came to me complaining that they had been harassed on the Metro.


Apparently, they had been on the platform waiting for a train and a young man was first staring at them, then coming around them menancingly, and then following them. 


Thank G-d, they got away, but it was a frightening situation that left them wanting to actually move away. 


Residents in the metro D.C area and customers of Metro should not have to ride in fear. 


We need more police and surveillance cameras on the Metro system now!


Signs are a great reminder, but law enforcement action is what is really needed and called for. 😉


(Source Photo: Andy Blumenthal)

In Case Of Emergency

Metro Emergency

Washington D.C. Metro Emergency Instructions


Ugh, long and boring.


How ’bout this instead:


– Don’t Freak Out


– Don’t Get Out

(unless your in immediate danger)


– Don’t Take Your Bulky Stuff Out


– Don’t Fry When Your Out

(stay away from the electrified 3rd rail–zap!)


Easy, smeazy. 😉


[Note: Follow instructions at your own risk.]


(Source Photo: Andy Blumenthal – sorry so fuzzy, train was moving)

Metro Opens (Wrong) Doors

Metro Opens (Wrong) Doors

MetroOpensDoors.com is a website name for WMATA trains in/around Washington, D.C.

So this was Metro opening the train doors today.

Unfortunatey, it was the wrong doors–the ones facing the tracks, and not the side with the platform.

I took this photo with the doors open on the wrong side.

I wondered what would have happened if the trains had been full and someone was leaning up or against the doors–they could’ve actually fallen off/out of the train.

Where exactly are the safety features so this doesn’t happen?

Anyway, we ended up being offloaded from the train, but at least no one that I know of ended up as train kill. 😦

Hold That Smartphone!

Hold That Smartphone!

So coming home yesterday, there is this lady sprawled out, sleeping on the Metro.

Lots of people sleep on the train…especially after a long day and when the weather is the pits out there.

However, this lady falls asleep with her smartphone just lying out on her lap–no hands on–just plop sitting on her skirt.

A couple of guys to my right start laughing and then saying what’s that lady doing–someone is going to steal her phone.

They nudge another passenger standing in front of the lady to tap her and let her know.

The passenger begrudging does it and then the guys yell over from a couple of row away–“Hey lady! You better hold on to your phone or someone’s going to grab it and run!”

The lady opens her eyes sees the phone just sprawled out on her lap, fidgets with it for a moment, and then of all things–she just falls right back to sleep again with the phone laying there unattended.

These two guys on the train are roaring about it–one starts saying that he saw someone grab another person’s device on the train just the other day and run right out the train door with it.

At this point, the lady is sound asleep and now snoring away on top of it and her smartphone is rising and falling with her laborious breathing.

Hey folks, this lady may not have gotten enough sleep the night before, been drinking a little too much, or may not have been the brightest bulb to begin with–but we’ve all got to be careful out there–hold unto your valuables and your smartphones is quite that. 😉

(Source Photo: Andy Blumenthal)