Three million dollars? You’re sitting in it.

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‘081214 Twenty-nine Bills’
courtesy of ‘Dan4th’

The WMATA news today is that the cost of the June red line crash is about 25 million dollars. That’s pure hardware and labor costs – any lawsuits will raise the total. Insurance may cover that… after the 5 million dollar deductible.

The Examiner’s story says “The memo says four rail cars were destroyed at a cost of $12 million,” so a little basic math tells us that when you plop yourself into a bright orange seat you’ve sitting in a $3M vehicle. That’s 14 Ferrari Testarossas, or $4 a day since the birth of Jesus.

I don’t know what Jesus has to do with anything but dollars-since-salvation seemed to be a popular metric in the last year and I felt a little left out.

Well I used to say something in my profile about not quite being a “tinker, tailor, soldier, or spy” but Tom stole that for our about us page, so I guess I’ll have to find another way to express that I am a man of many interests.

Hmm, guess I just did.

My tastes run the gamut from sophomoric to Shakespeare and in my “professional” life I’ve sold things, served beer, written software, and carried heavy objects… sometimes at the same place. It’s that range of loves and activities that makes it so easy for me to love DC – we’ve got it all.


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