I take the Caltrain to work in the morning. On at Palo Alto, off at Santa Clara. This crosses a zone-boundary. For two trips in a row now, I have never been asked to get my pass seen/stamped. This means free trip. Pass Go. Collect $200.
I was under the impression that the Caltrain ticket-staff were very diligent about collecting the fares. I've even been asked multiple times per trip before. So I've been trying to figure out what's changed. Me? The train? The schedule? My seat? Cutbacks? Luck? And I have finally come to the conclusion that it is because I'm reading "Zen and The Art of Motorcycle Maintenance" by Robert Pirsig. It is giving me some sort of cosmic shielding and fending off the fare-collectors. They just walk right by. Don't even see me. I've got to take the train home tonight so we'll see if this theory holds any water.