Back in Asia, if it takes 25 mins to get from point A to point B, it will remain the same forever. It's very easy to predict how much time it will take, because the schedule is always tightly maintained. So when someone is late, they can't blame on the transit system. NYC subway is pretty unpredictable according to my friends. Sometimes they won't even run the trains at night and you will be waiting forever at the station. Today, I took the MBTA of Boston to catch a 2.30pm ferry for Whale watching. I predicted that it will take abt 45min to get there, so I left an hour and 15min in advance. Turned out that the service was cut for a section of the line and I have to take a bus. I missed the last boat out, no whales for me. But I did get to see the seals outside the aquarium.... plus some seagulls by the thrash cans.