First-time visitors to New York City may be hesitant to take the subway.
I was you once; I spent too much money on taxis and wore myself out walking dozens upon dozens of city blocks.
But trust me —
The subway is the best way to get around town.
Here are 5 reasons to give the MTA a chance the next time you are in town.
- Speed — The subway is usually the fastest way between Point A and Point B. There’s no traffic to contend with, and you have express train options when you have longer trips or are traveling from borough to borough.
- Cost — Currently $2.75 a ride, the subway is cheaper than any taxi ride. And while walking is free, you have to think about the cost of your time, and the wear-and-tear on your body. Most of my friends leave NYC broken-down and exhausted from the unaccustomed amount of walking they do…and it was supposed to be vacation.
- Comfort — Except at morning and evening rush, the subway has room to breathe and seats for most travelers. I have claustrophobia, and I use the subway without any problem.
- People Watching — Everyone takes the subway in New York City, from celebrities to crazies on the street…so you will see everything. It is a slice of humanity like no other. You’ll return home with story upon story.
- Performances — Like this one:
I mean, come on — take a chance and take a ride!
Posted in Commentary, dance, Humor, New York City, subway, tourism, transportation, Travel, Vacation, Walking
Tagged celebrities, city blocks, commentary, crazies, dance, exhaustion, Humor, MTA, New York City, New York City boroughs, performances, rush hour, slice of humanity, subway, taxis, time, tourism, traffic, transportation, Travel, vacation, visitors, walking, wear-and-tear
My advice for today: never take time for granted.
As in, don’t assume your smartphone clock is always right. Like I did this morning.
I woke up and glanced at my phone — 6am.
I could turn off my usual 6:30 alarm (because I hate alarms) and check my email, Facebook, etc. before I woke up the dog, who I could hear snoring on his pillow.
A lazy, relaxing start to the day.
When the two of us ventured out into the living room some 45 minutes later, the DVR clock held a surprise —
It was 5:45, not 6:45 like my phone seemed to think.
A quick check of my phone’s clock settings revealed that the “automatic date and time” selection that links your phone to the network time was unchecked.
I don’t know how that happened. I certainly didn’t do it. But consider this post an opportunity for you to double check your smartphone settings…
And get all the sleep you deserve tonight.
Posted in Dogs, Humor, Life, Technology, time
Tagged alarm, alarm clock, automatic date and time, cell phone, Dogs, DVR, Humor, life, living room, network, settings, sleep, smartphone, snoring, technology, time, time warp
See you on the flip slide.
Posted in Humor, Life, Philosophy
Tagged astronomy, Earth, flip side, Humor, I don't like Mondays, life, Mercury, Mondays, out of this world, philosphy, time
Happy hour pricing — it’s a great value if you make it to the restaurant on time. But if you don’t?
Think time zones.
This approach came to me tonight when I missed my chance at ‘bar bites’ — just $3.95 between 4-8pm — by only 12 minutes.
What if I countered that I had ‘just flown in’ from Central Time? My watch would still read CT. Goodness knows my stomach would. And here at the holidays, don’t you think your local bar wench might be tempted to cut a weary traveler some slack?
It’s only 12 minutes, for cripes sake.
And it would be even cooler if it were actually true!
Posted in Humor, Life, Restaurants, Travel
Tagged bar wench, Central Time Zone, Foods, happy hour, happy hour pricing, Humor, life, restaurants, time, time traveler, time zones, Travel
I’m waiting. Been waiting for quite a while, in fact. Which means the person I’m waiting for is…
But when does late become something much, much more?
Is it 30 minutes? An hour? Two hours?
I mean, when can you no longer simply say “I’m late”…and instead admit that you have a serious problem?
That you are a bad planner? That traffic isn’t really working against so much, but that you aren’t giving yourself a realistic amount of time to tackle it at this time of day? When it happens again and again and again?
In New York City, no less??
I’m just saying. While I’m waiting. And waiting.
Coming soon in this space — Am I impatient?
Posted in Commentary, Humor, Life, Relationships
Tagged 30 minutes, an hour, bad planner, being late, commentary, Humor, i'm late, impatience, life, New York City, time, traffic, two hours, waiting