Is that song in your head already?
We recently heard the story of Metro operator Ms. Gibson who berated her passengers to the point they felt like bursting their own eardrums with chopsticks, but we want to be fair to Metro because there are good conductors out there who do a splendid job, not only performing competently, but actually making Metro just a touch more bearable.
Yesterday, on the Orange Line headed back to East Fall Church, we had the pleasure to be served by a conductor we'll call "Barry Orange" since we were not able to get his name.
His sonorous voice is soothing, and his intonations are just enough to make things a bit funny without him trying too hard to be a clown.
"The next station is Virrrginiaaa Squarrrrrre," "Dooooors...leftside" and "the last station in Washington, Dee Cee" were highlights of his repertoire.
His subtle injection of humor caused two passengers, apparently strangers, to look at each other and chuckle a bit. No eye rolling, and they weren't laughing at Metro! First time we've seen that.
But more importantly, his announcements were informative, consistent and clear. A tourist's dream.
Better yet, the ride was as smooth as his voice--not a jarring stop or start the whole way.
If only all Metro conductors were like this. Whoever you are, Barry Orange, you have a lot of fans out there.
Metro: This driver should be hired immediately to do ALL your announcements. The prim and proper Door Witch was quite jarring in comparison.
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