No percussion during rush hour
A Red Line conductor refused to let his train out of Harvard until a paint-tub drummer stopped drumming on the platform during yesterday afternoon's rush hour. Irate riders or somebody finally convinced him they needed to get going, Gary reports:
... The drummer probably couldn't hear the announcement, and giving him a captive audience wasn't going to discourage him. Meanwhile, many of us on the train were close to missing a commuter rail connection in Porter Square; it was between 4:40 and 4:45, and the train was due at 4:50. ...
Of course, this being the T, it would not surprise you to learn that it ultimately didn't matter, since the commuter train was 20 minutes late.