There are rules on the subway. I’ve outlined them here before…along with my tendency to violate “No eye contact.”
It’s a Southern thang.
But today I found the secret weapon that turned an entire subway car full of New Yorkers. We’re talking eye contact with the person of interest. Eye contact with each other. Smiles even.
Even the most jaded East Coast native can’t resist a cute baby wearing a pink onesie with ears.
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Tagged babies, children, East Coast, Humor, life, New York City, New Yorkers, no eye contact, person of interest, pink onesie, secret weapon, smiles, Southern, subway, tickled pink, transportation
I saw All is Lost starring Robert Redford yesterday.
I’m still thinking about it.
Our Man (as Redford’s character is credited) is forced to face his mortality when his yacht is damaged by a random shipping crate adrift in the ocean.
I couldn’t help thinking how I would handle the same situation.
I wouldn’t tackle the problem with such silent determination. Although alone, I would curse and shout and cry out in frustration.
I also probably wouldn’t be as patient and thoughtful…or nearly as inventive.
I hope I would show one-tenth of his courage.
Critics call this Redford’s best performance; I agree. And I applaud the writer and director on the ending…
…which you are not getting out of me here. No sirree.
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Tagged All is Lost, critics, entertainment, films, Movies, ocean, reviews, Robert Redford, transportation, yacht
New alarm/ring tone idea for the iPhone and Android:
It certainly whipped me out of bed at 5:30 this morning.
Yes, I’m grouchy about it.
(But if I made millions on the rights, I’d sleep just fine.)
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Tagged airplanes, Android, cell phone alarm, cellphones, copyright, helicopters, hovering helicopter, Humor, iPhone, life, moneymaker, New York City, ring tone, transportation, Travel, Upper West Side
Happy, laughing folks
Always brighten up my day…
But not this early.
Posted in Comedy, Humor, Life, transportation, Travel
Tagged Amtrak, haiku, Humor, life, poetry, train, transportation, Travel, writing
Don’t you just hate getting the go around?
That’s right — the ‘go around.’
My flight from Chicago got one from air traffic control as we neared LaGuardia tonight.
We had just finished flying up the Hudson River and were within mere seconds of landing when the pilot suddenly accelerated upward, away from the airport.
As we appeared to leave the city, he explained that we received the ‘go around’ order because an aircraft was taking off on the same runway.
So we entered a holding pattern and landed about 20 minutes later.
Obviously we were very lucky, and I doubt anyone on the plane minded the slight delay.
But I’ll miss my stomach.
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Tagged Travel, airplanes, Chicago, transportation, Humor, Hudson River, life, Business, airport, flight, go around, air traffic control, LaGuardia, pilot, runway, holding pattern, delay
Look at the nifty decal my airport taxi was sporting tonight:
While I appreciate the sentiment, based on my experience with cyclists in the city, they need the safe driving reminder.
The suckers will hit anything that moves.
And yes, I am generalizing…based on a wealth of first-hand experience.
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Tagged airport, automobiles, bicycles, cars, cyclists, decals, Humor, life, New York City, safe driving, taxis, transportation, Travel, wheelie
I was standing in a crowd of people today, unintentionally eavesdropping on the conversation of two people standing close by. I admit it.
I even told them.
One of the woman said she was going to walk to the train station in Philadelphia after our meeting ended. I was headed there, too, and I knew that walking that far was out of the question…especially with luggage, which we both had.
So I told her.
We ended up sharing a cab. We also ended up on the same train — she was headed to New York City as well.
It was her first train trip, first trip to Manhattan, first trip to the cafe car. She was joining friends here for the weekend. I usually travel alone on business, but watching her excitement at every step of the journey made what was a routine trip home for me a lot more fun.
Glad I was listening!
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Tagged Amtrak, Business, business travel, cafe car, conversation, eavesdropping, Humor, lie, luggage, Manhattan, New York City, Philadelphia, taxi cab, train, train station, transportation, Travel
Yet another taxi.
That’s how I traveled from Boston this morning…made a brief stop home in New York City mid-day…and arrived in Philadelphia early this evening.
I can’t help but think –
Steve Martin and John Candy would be proud.
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Tagged airplane, Boston, Business, celebrities, entertainment, Humor, John Candy, life, Movies, New York City, Philadelphia, Planes Trains and Automobiles movies, Steve Martin, subway, taxi, transportation, Travel
I hailed a cab to take me to downtown last night — nothing unusual about that. But as soon as we pulled away from the curb, there was a flash of lights and sirens behind us.
From another cab.
An undercover taxi cab police car.
I didn’t even know they existed! But my taxi driver said the police have undercover taxis, town cars — you name it — all waiting to take down unsuspecting lawbreakers.
Which filled my head with this scene:
A New York City bus pulls up to a stop. But it’s not a real bus — it’s an undercover police bus! Filled with SWAT team members. All armed and dangerous. Who run out of the bus and into the streets.
That’s all I got so far. But I like it.
To be continued…
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Tagged automobiles, bus, bus stop, cabs, cars, city bus, entertainment, lawbreakers, lights, movie, New York City, police bus, police story, siren, SWAT, taxi cabs, taxis, Television, towncars, transportation, undercover police, writing
Regional train west
Three days gone, antsy for home
Penn Station, next stop.
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Tagged Amtrak, Business, haiku, Humor, life, New York City, next stop, Penn Station, regional train, train, transportation, Travel, writing