I received a very nice comment from “Rider 77” today [see ‘feedback’ under the Contact tab].
After writing my reply I thought it made sense to go ahead and post it:
What a great compliment, thank you Rider 77! You have motivated me to write some more. 😉
I haven’t gotten any negative feedback or pressure to stop writing, I’ve just been busy with other things.
Also, while there’s a lot more to write about, but I’m hesitant to write about certain subjects for a few reasons, including:
1) Some of what my former coworkers and I thought was wasteful, funny, stupid, aggravating, etc, may not ‘translate’ well. Some of what I might write about would fall into the ‘you had to be there’ category. I’m trying to put myself in the position of someone like yourself who is not an active or retired Metro employee, and is just familiar with the ‘face’ of Metro.
2) A couple of my existing posts involve the actions of specific individuals. I’ve changed their names but anyone at Metro who is familiar with the situation knows who they are. There are many more stories like this but I’m a bit reluctant to post more because I don’t want any of the individuals involved to file a lawsuit. I need to get some legal advice about this.
3) Another area I would very much like to write about is security. There are specific problems I (and many other current and former employees) am aware of, but if I point them out on my blog and then something happens — WMATA may try to tie it back to me, claiming that I “aided the terrorists” or whatever. Nothing I know is any big secret, and anyone who was even halfway intelligent could figure out what the security weaknesses are, but even though I would almost certainly “win” I’d rather not get dragged into a long expensive legal battle. This is another area that calls for legal advice.
One thing that you and other readers could do that would help me very much is ask questions. Questions about what you experience on a daily basis and/or questions regarding news stories about Metro.
In fact, I think I’ll post this reply so it reaches more people.
Thanks again for your comment, it was very encouraging.