So yeah, I got lost. I knew it! I was up before the rooster, seriously, but that didn’t help me AT ALL. I thought I was ready and well informed, but that wasn’t so.
5:30 a.m.: Rise and shine, sunshine! Get ready. Look for keys. 6:13: Found keys. Got in the truck and followed the directions on my BlackBerry to the T and P Station of the TRE. 6:30: Found the address, but I didn’t see the train. Drove around the T and P Lofts’ parking lot for a while. 6:40: Decided to park, go in to the T and P building and ask for directions. Good thing I’m a girl, I wasn’t embarrassed.
6:46: Found the entrance and purchased my ticket. 7.50 big ones. Cash only! Really? Really? 6:49: Found the conductor. Asked if I was taking the right train. Will they tow my truck in the lofts’ parking lot? Right train, wrong parking lot. I only had 7 minutes to run, more of a slow sprint, back to the truck, turn it on, drive to Main St and turn on Vickery, park, sprint back to the terminal and make it on time. Nah!
As I wasted time thinking about the possibilities and the “should I, could I’s” of the ordeal, Mr. Conductor mentioned I could probably make it to the Richland Hills stop by 7:11 a.m. and catch the train there.
6:56 Sped to Richland Hills. Parked and watched my train pass by. Noooo!!!! I missed it, again!
I waited for the next train. I almost missed that one too because another Mr. Conductor said it was going West, not East. Eventually, I figured it out and boarded just before it was scheduled to leave. Whoa!
I didn’t want to be late so I was anxiously looking at my phone to verify the time. Next stop? Victory Station. Next train? The DART Green Line. Exit in the West End. Get lost. Walk around the building I was supposed to enter and eventually realize my mistake.
8:30 a.m.: Right on time for my first day as an intern. YAY!!! 8:30-1:30: Amazing day. So glad for the great opportunity I have been given and ready for day two.
1:50: Board the Green Line Rail. Exit Victory. Board the TRE. Exit at Richland Hills stop. Home, sweet home.