Have I mentioned how much I hate Oyster Cards?
Seriously, folks, ask anyone. I can travel around just fine in most major cities I visit, but when you pit me against the London Underground's Oyster Card, it's an ongoing battle.
Ever since they came out, I've always had trouble with them. I mean, they're the best things ever invented, which is why it's always our first transaction when we hit Heathrow, but man, for me it's always a pain - the acquiring of them, the refilling of them - my God, the refilling of them. It should be the easiest thing in the world - I mean, funny part is that the screens are all in English. I understand the directions perfectly, and follow them to a tee.
Even so, there has never been one single visit to one of those damnable machines that has been successful in one try.
It goes beyond a tourist thing, I swear. It's like the machines themselves know I'm coming, and decide to revolt.
Using this London Transport Museum magnet for today because today, I bought my first Monthly Unlimited MetroCard in months - at least since last year. It's the first time I knew I'd be in town for the next 30 days without having to go down to NC! So even at the $104 price, it still made me very happy to buy it.