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

Wall Platter & Delays

As I approached the top of the station stairs this morning, I noticed a splatter on the lower portion of the station wall. At first I dismissed it as vomit, but as I climbed higher, I realized it was diarrhea splatter. WTF?! It looked recent but luckily the smell had wafted away. Whoever did it had to have pulled down their pants (or lifted their skirt), squatted, & let it go. You have to either be really desperate or have absolutely no shame to do that on an open-air elevated train station.

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~Izzy

Evening Commute Observations

I went for a walk/run after work today, so I took the train home later than usual. I was glad to miss the evening rush, specially after my frustrating morning commute. I got a seat one station into my ride. Granted it was next to some hooded guy most riders assumed was a homeless person. He didn’t smell, just looked like he didn’t want to be bothered (and was possibly high).

A few stops later two African women came in thru separate doors, but were apparently together. They each had an infant child, one in a stroller, the other wrapped in a blanket & strapped to her mother’s back. I’ve always found that form of baby carrying intriguing. Not only does it free up the mother’s hand, but the child has a closer bond to its mother. It’s simultaneously simple & intricate. Just a single sheet of fabric wrapped & tied just right in order to hold a baby, sometimes a toddler. Just goes to show that you don’t always need to get high-tech with children.

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~Izzy

Morning Commute Frustrations

I dread Monday mornings. It seems like the subway system will do everything in its power to make the Monday morning commute as frustrating as possible. You would think the fact that school is out & a lot of people are on vacation would make things run smoother. No obnoxious teens, no unruly elementary brats or their oblivious parents, no sardine-tight crowds. Nope. Not the case today.

I should’ve known things wouldn’t go well when I missed my train. The next one arrived five minutes later, not bad. I even got the corner seat right away, great! That’s where my luck ran out. When we arrived at the hub station, which is the second station after it goes underground going downtown, we were stalled. The conductor eventually announced our train was being diverted to the east side due to a sick passenger at 110th St (four stops away). I thought, “great, now I have to wait for the next train”. Then the conductor announced that all 2 & 3 trains were being reroute do to the east side. Seriously?!! Over a sick passenger four stops away? I mean, unless someone jumped into the tracks & got hit by a train, it doesn’t make sense to reroute two lines onto an infamously congested three-line route.

I had two options: either stay on the train & walk over to my job from Grand Central (which is ridiculously crowded during rush hour) or transfer to the uptown 4 train, get off at Yankee Stadium, & & switch to the downtown D train (too many transfers, which would take as long as walking from Grand Central). I decided to stay on the 2 train & braced myself for mayhem. Getting off the train & going up the stairs was like an obstacle course. I managed to get out thru the 1 Grand Central Plaza exit. I usually get breakfast at Pret, but I wouldn’t be passing by any on my way from Grand Central. Instead I went to Starbucks, which had a long line, but not as bad as I’ve experienced in the past. I ended up arriving at work 45-minutes late. But I wasn’t the only one with a bad commute in the office.

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~Izzy

Weekend Train Woes

Yesterday it took me almost TWO HOURS to get to midtown from the Bronx. Why? Because the 2 & 5 trains weren’t running by me. Why? Because they were doing construction in my section of the lines, in both directions. Instead I had to take a #2 shuttle bus (the 5 trains weren’t running at all & I was going to the west side anyway).

The thing about taking the #2 shuttle bus in my area is that those buses run along a portion of the BX19 bus line, so it causes traffic congestion. Not to mention that they don’t run on a schedule. Which means you can wait ridiculous amounts of time because they are few shuttle buses running or they get packed like sardines so you have to wait for the next bus (or the second, or third bus). If you’re lucky, two or three #2 shuttle buses arrive at the same time, but that makes for inefficient service. Sometimes you end up taking the BX19 bus just to get going, but that’s a long ride to the 3rd Ave-East 149th St. Not to mention you’re paying an extra fare, though I use an unlimited metro card so it doesn’t affect me.

I ended up taking the second #2 shuttle bus, since the first one had the “Next Bus Please” sign (even though a some people, including a couple with a massive stroller, managed to squeeze in as people got off). When we approached the intersection where the bus would turn onto E. 149th St, we saw the massive traffic jam with several #2 shuttle buses, as well as the BX4 buses whose route goes down that street. I was running late already, so I got off & walked the two blocks to the train station. I reached the station before the shuttle bus did. When I went downstairs there was chaos & crowds of people trying to get past the platform doors. I bypassed them by swiping my metro card at the turnstile. Someone yelled at me that I didn’t need to pay, but I got onto the platform faster than if I had gone along with the crowd thru the open doors. I got a good spot & got on the train, which arrive three minutes later.

I was late to meet my best friend, KM, but arrived just in time for the show we went to see.

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~Izzy