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Metro Monthly Passes Must Be Hot

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Kermit the Frog was so right -- "It's not easy being green." Yesterday I tried buying my first Monthly Metro Pass ever.

I failed.

I thought it would be easy to spend 62-bucks in this town. But apparently a Metro bus pass for the month is a hot item in the Valley. My local liquor store was sold out. Same story for Ralphs. Pavilions too. Then I called a different Ralphs, this time the highfalutin Fresh Fare at Ventura and Coldwater Canyon Boulevards where the paparazzi stalk Britney Spears and other celebulocals. "No, we don't sell them here." Well, okay then. Thanks though.

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Then finally at 6:45 in the evening, I rang over to the Ralphs at Coldwater Canyon and Magnolia to hear the magical green words of "yes, but..." Yes, of course, there has to be a catch. No one wants me to take the bus or train. They all want me to drive. The gas companies must have known I wanted to buy my first monthly pass ever. "I've had issue with Ralphs not selling them after 7 p.m." Fred Camino of MetroRiderLA told me when I asked him what was up with that. The explanation from Ralphs seemed suspect: the manager has to count them before he goes home. What? Does he count the Doritos too?!!? How about avacados? Can I buy those after 7 p.m.?

Luckily, there's always today. Unfortunately for Camino, the new Ralphs in Downtown Los Angeles, the most commuter friendly neighborhood in the city, has one drawback: "The downtown Ralphs says they don't carry them yet!"

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