The Day After Tomorrow Morning Commute

Today I go back to work, after an early dismissal on Monday & a snow day yesterday.

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~Izzy

Homeless Evening Commute

Last week I started going back to my painting class on Mondays & Tuesdays. This past Monday was very cold, so I rushed to the train station after class. Since I get out late, I expect to wait longer than usual for the train. I sat on the bench, between a woman & a man. After about a minute I smelled a rancid, sour smell. I knew it wasn’t the man because he was well groomed. Then I saw the woman’s hands as she played a game on her cellphone. Her nails were encrusted in dirt. She shifted in her seat & the smell spread. I seriously didn’t take her for a homeless person. I pinned her for a traveler since she had a carry-on sized suitcase, which was in good condition.

When the train arrived I got on. It was a bit crowded, but I managed to get a seat. As people got off at their stations I came to realize there were five homeless people in the car I was on. One man was sitting in front of me, previously blocked from my view by the standing crowd. There was even an older couple on the far front of the car. A few stops into my ride, another homeless man came in from the next car, begging for change or food.

The cold weather makes these situations more visible. Sadly it’s been getting worse over the past few years. It’s almost as bad, if not worse than when I was a kid. I remember seeing what looked like cardboard cities under building scaffolds, on church steps, & train stations.

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~Izzy

100 Posts on Subway Diaries By Izzy!!!

I just received a notification informing me I reached 100 posts on Subway Diaries By Izzy!! I’m really excited about that. I hadn’t realized I was approaching that milestone. I know I should’ve reached it a long time ago, but I’m not going to dwell on that. I’m going to push myself to reach 200 posts by the end of this year!!

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~Izzy

First Horrible Commute of 2015

Today I experienced the first horrible commute of 2015. Surprisingly, Monday’s commute wasn’t as bad as I thought it would be. This whole week has been frigid, with temperatures below freezing & feeling like several degrees below zero. Today was particularly awful. I wore two pairs of Uniqlo Heat Tech leggings under my jeans, two pairs of gloves, & added the detachable faux fur trim to my coat hood.

The train was relatively crowded & the conductor quickly announced there were delays on the line due to mechanical problems at one of the elevated stations in Brooklyn. When we got to the first south-bound station underground, the train stalled for a few minutes. Eventually the conductor announced the train was going out of service due to a person at the next station needing medical attention, that we had to get off the train. The platform was already ridiculously crowded with people trying to board the train, now there was a crowded train-load unloaded on the narrow space. There were several parents with their small elementary children, hugging them against them to protect them from the upset crowd & the nearby platform edge. The train just sat there. Over the station loudspeaker, there was an announcement that all 2 & 5 trains were “back in service after an earlier incident”. People rushed to get back on the train, but the conductor quickly started closing the doors, screaming that there was a train directly behind it. People shouted that he didn’t give people a chance to get on the train. He kept opening & closing the doors, screaming & confusing everyone.

It got to the point that two police officers squeezed their way thru the crowd to speak directly to the conductor. They tried to clarify what was going on, but the conductor insisted on screaming the train was back in service, to get on the train & clear away from the doors. He didn’t do this over the loudspeaker, like he should have, he literally screamed everything. As if the overcrowded station would hear him. Eventually the train pulled out of the station. I didn’t bother trying to get back on, since it was more crowded that it had been initially, and supposedly there was a train directly behind it.

I should’ve known not to trust that conductor. The next train arrived at least ten minutes later & it was crowded as hell. I couldn’t even step one foot inside. Finally, I got on the third train, which stalled several times as soon as it entered Manhattan. I ended up getting to work almost an hour late. Needless to say, I was fuming. I’m just glad my boss is understanding about bad commutes.

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~Izzy