First Snow 2016

Yesterday we had our first snowfall of the year, and first this winter. This morning there was still a thin blanket of snow:

   
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~Izzy

Freezing Morning Commute Attempt

This morning I suffered the WORST commute I’ve ever had in my life! The temperature was at the freezing mark, but it felt like -5F with the windchill factor when I woke up. When I headed out to work, it felt like 7F. I was running a bit late because I left something & had to go back for it, but it was just a few minutes. I missed a train as I approached the station. There seemed to be delays but that’s no surprise to me anymore. I just didn’t expect it to be like it was.

The next 2 train came in packed like a sardine can. There was just enough room for one person to get on, but Bag Man, who I hadn’t seen in a while, bypassed me & got on. After that a string of 5 trains ran on the local track & stopped at my station (it doesn’t stop during rush hour). I lost track of how many stopped, about 10-15 minutes between each one. I could’ve gotten on one, but then I would’ve had to either switch to the 7 train which has the passage of hell to get to my job, or walk from Grand Central, which would force me to put up with the freezing temperature longer. Plus, a woman who was waiting with me part of the time kept going back to the station worker who told her a 2 train was coming. They were all 5 trains that came.

When yet another 5 train arrived, I lost it. I let out a colorful string of choice words I had to the subway system. I had waited on the elevated platform, exposed to the elements for an hour!! I called my boss on the verge of tears because I couldn’t feel my fingers or toes. I ended up going home to warm up & took half a personal day. Even by the time I made it to work, by feet were cold.

Today has been the coldest day this winter, hopefully this isn’t how the rest of it will be.

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~Izzy

Happy New Year 2016!

Hope you all enjoyed yourselves as you rang in the New Year & that you had minimal subway headaches, if any.

Yesterday, I went to my sister’s new condo for the first time. She needed help with my toddler nephew while she worked from home. My other sister & I got up super early to make the trek up there, since we had to take the Metro North in addition to our subway line. When we got to her station, we decided to cab it since it was a 20+ minute walk to her house. We ended up ringing the New Year there & stayed the night.

Coming back home we ran into a couple of hiccups. My sister was going to Long Island so she called a taxi to take us to the Metro North station. It took longer to arrive than the dispatcher had told us, but she managed to catch the express train to Grand Central. KM & I had to wait for the local train, which luckily was only 3 minutes away. We walked to the back of the platform to avoid getting on a crowded car. Apparently we went to too far back. When the train came into the station, the conductor told us we needed to go further to the front. We got on & settled in our seats. When the ticket collector (don’t know what else to call her) came to punch our tickets, she told us the train wasn’t stopping at the station we planned to get off. The station she suggested would’ve left us on the opposite side of the Bronx, so we decided to get off at the stop we used on our outbound trip. But that meant we needed to be two more cars towards the front, so we walked between the cars.

Once we got on the 2 train, we thought the rest of our ride would be smooth, but no. At East 180th St, the conductor announced it would bypass the rest of the elevated stations in the Bronx. Supposedly, there was another 2 train directly behind it. That proved to be a lie, the next train was a 5 in 7 minutes, with a 2 train estimated for 10 minutes. I was cold, tired, & starting to get hungry. We ended up grabbing some fast food after getting off the train & were glad to be back home.

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~Izzy

Two Missed Trains

I missed my train this morning. It was already at my station when I crossed over to the entrance staircase. I wasn’t even halfway up the stairs when a second train arrived. I wouldn’t have made it even if I ran for it. When I passed the turnstiles, I saw I’d have to wait 10 minutes for the next train. So much for getting to work on time.

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~Izzy