but not today, oh no! and i have to say, things weren't appearing very optimistic. i got to the station, right as a train was pulling up, but my card wouldn't work:
it turns out, i still had my expired card in my bag, and i had to do some additional searching for the right card.
luckily, i had misheard the train direction, and i missed one going the opposite direction! the platform was crowded and the train--as it pulled in a few seconds later--was also crowded. and yet... i was still able to get a seat!
this was particularly awesome because i am wearing boots, with a [low] heel, and i'm not used to heels. so lucky!!