Monday, April 19, 2010

The Wheels on the Bus Go Round and Round

As you may remember from a recent blog post, I have somehow managed to lose my bus pass.

The situation went a little something like this...

I was excited to wear pants I'd not been able to wear for awhile as they'd gotten snug over the winter hibernation months and so I wasn't really thinking about the fact that they had no belt loop upon which to clip my combination bus pass and work door badge.

When faced with the dilemma, I remembered that hooking the reel to my waistband would work but would almost immediately become uncomfortable what with the chafing of metal against bare skin.

So I clipped the dealy bopper1 to my pocket, put on my winter coat, and went straight out the door...out into 3 inches of heavy, wet snow that had fallen and was continuing to fall.

I brushed off my car and made my way south to the office only to arrive 30 minutes later to discover somewhere between the Grotto foyer and the office, my bus pass/door badge had dislodged itself from my pocket and disappeared into the pre-dawn morning.


I searched the path from my car to the office door and my badge. I e-mailed Lex and asked him to search from the foyer to the street where I'd parked my badge.


Getting a replacement door badge was simple. It was a matter of walking down to the first floor and asking the VP of HR to authorize a new one which he did within the hour.

However, getting a replacement bus pass? Not so much of the easy.

You see, in order to obtain a new bus pass, I must go to the RTD Administrative Office downtown. And this sucks on a week day when parking is A) at a premium and B) expensive.

I'd take the bus but, alas, I lost my bus pass.

Anyway, that's just the beginning of the hassle because RTD, in an attempt to be as unaccommodating as possible, only offers replacement badge service on Tuesdays from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. or Thursdays from noon to 3 p.m.

The best part of the instructions to obtain a new pass though?

The note at the bottom of the authorization form that states:

"The busiest time for photo taking is during lunch hour in which employees need to allow for a 20- to 30-minute wait." would seem to me they only offer the service during lunch hour as lunch hours vary with each individual.

Smart asses.

Looks like I'll be taking personal time shortly because I don't like being without my bus pass.

How will I get home from the bar if I don't have my pass?

1: Technical term.

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