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|Yardley, Monday 10 September 2001||July 2001 August 2001 Darken Bizarre Quiet October 2001 November 2001|
Here comes the conductor.
He takes the tickets of the passengers who have just boarded at Princeton Junction
What is next is a wondrous punching ritual. Every ticket gets 1, 2, 5 or 278 holes and disappears into his shirt pocket. To me it is a mystery what all this punching is good for. Origin and final destination are on the ticket already. What is the added value of the punching?
Every passenger gets a new ticket in the seat in front of him, this time with mysterious numbers. The conductor makes a work of art of this one as well, with none, one, two or three holes. Some tickets get torn at the top, some don't.
The meaning of all this punching and tearing remains a big riddle to me. I desperately try to decipher the code.
There is only one conclusion that fits all the facts:
Checking tickets is just a side job.
The truth is that these conductors are artists, advanced decorative punchers.
The train is their mobile studio, en route to New York.
· October 2001
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