The storied ‘L’ train in Chicago sure has a lot of don’ts.
Don’t solicit. (Expected.)
Don’t eat. Surprising…but DC prohibits food on their subway, too. I know someone who got a ticket while visiting.
Don’t gamble. WHAT?? Now we have seriously crossed a line.
Gotta have my shell game.
Posted in Humor, Life, subway, trains, transportation, Travel
Tagged chicago. L train, eat, food, gamble, Humor, life, rules, shell game, solicit, transportation, Travel
I see these little hand sanitizer clip ons all over the place. Today it was the subway.
While I personally think hand sanitizer is ruining the planet, I am entertained by the fact it has earned a place on the outside of people’s bags.
Why not makeup? Or the lip balm that some folks are so addicted to? Or even better, candy or gum?
Purcell beat ’em to it. And we all have to look at it.
Gum would be better.
Posted in Commentary, Food, Health, Humor, Life, transportation
Tagged cabdy, commentary, gum, hand sanitizer, Health, Humor, life, lip balm, Makeup, Purely, subway, transportation
There was an ad in the subway today for the latest exhibit at the Museum of Sex, entitled Hard Core: A Century and a Half of Obscene Imagery.
It’s not that difficult for me to imagine that such pictures exist, especially at this particular venue. But for the museum itself to use the word obscene to describe the art it displays seems like an argument against its own credibility.
Then again, you do have to pay to get in…
So I guess the marketing department knows what they are doing.
Posted in Advertising, Art, Commentary, Entertainment, Humor, Life, New York City, transportation
Tagged advertising, art, commentary, entertainment, Ew York, hard core, Humor, life, Museum of Sex, subway, transportation
“We’re visiting from Arizona.”
“Our town is about an hour outside of Tucson.”
“We took the ferry to the Statute of Liberty, and now we have to meet our daughter up at 96th and Broadway, so we’re taking the train up there. Hopefully we are on the right train — is this the right train?”
“We’ve found our way around the city pretty well so far…at least, I think we have.”
None of these comments are that remarkable…typical tourist conversation on the subway.
What is remarkable was this lady’s projection. I was all the way at the other end of the subway car, and it was like she was standing right in front of me.
The person she was talking to? Never caught a syllable.
One thing’s for sure — she will ever get lost in the city. Her family will be able to hear her coming and going.
Posted in communication, Family, Humor, New York City, tourism, transportation
Tagged Arizona, communication, conversation, daughter, family, ferry, Humor, i can hear you, megaphone, New York City, Statute of Liberty, subway, tourists, transportation, Tucson, vocal projection
My ride to work this morning was long and slow because of an incident on one of the subway tracks. So I spent a lot of time with my fellow riders.
You’ve heard of ‘resting bitch face?’ One of ladies in my subway car had ‘resting stink face.’
My apologies to Emma Stone, but she looked much like this the entire ride.
Her expression didn’t change. She looked around. She read her paper. She searched for gum in her purse. All the while — resting stink face.
I found myself sniffing the air, trying to find the source of her disgust, but could find nothing more than the usual subway aromas.
Suddenly resting bitch face seemed calm and serene.
Posted in Business, Humor, New York City, transportation, Travel
Tagged aroma, Business, chewing gum, disgust, Emma Stone, expression, Humor, MTA, New York City, newspaper, purse, resting bitch face, resting stink face, smell, sniff, stink, subway, transportation, Travel
When I got on the subway this morning, I overhead a woman introduce herself to a man standing close by. Apparently they has begun chatting on the platform.
She had already met her quota: speak to at least one stranger every day.
She probably didn’t know she was supposed to. But studies show that if you do, both you and the stranger will feel better.
Shhhhhhhiiiiiitttttt….we Southerners have known that all along.
Posted in communication, Friends, Health, Humor, Life, New York City, Relationships, transportation, Travel
Tagged communication, conversation, friends, Health, Humor, life, New York City, Relationships, stranger, subway, transportation, Travel
Have you ever been riding the subway, spied the emergency brake and had a passing urge to pull it and see what happened?
I think we all have.
But then we stop and consider the resulting delays and fines and possible imprisonment, and we don’t.
‘Cause we smarter than that.
But not the joker on my train tonight.
No, he decided to give that ol’ brake a pull. So, now we all know what happens.
First, it definitely stops the train. And apparently the conductors can’t tell where on the train the brake was pulled. So, they have to walk down the line, car by car, and see where the incident occurred. Which takes a long, long time.
Eventually, they opened a single door and let people file out of the train…so I was able to jump on another subway line and get home.
Did the culprit get his due? I don’t know. But in my mind…
He did. Oh yes, he did.
Posted in Business, Humor, Life, New York City, transportation, Travel
Tagged Business, delays, emergency brake, fines, Humor, imprisonment, joker, keep your hands to yourself, life, MTA, New York City, subway, train, train car, train conductor, transportation, Travel
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
Here’s hoping you are headed somewhere amazing this week!
Posted in Commentary, Humor, Life, Philosophy, Photography, transportation, Travel
Tagged a ship is safe in harbor but that's not where it was designed to go, commentary, Humor, life, life's a journey, philosophy, photography, quote, ship, transportation, Travel
If you dropped someone from the pre-Internet era onto this train — let’s say Don Draper from Mad Men just for the fun of it….
…would he jump up, expecting the upholstery to burn his butt?
Think about it.
Posted in Advertising, Entertainment, Humor, Internet, Television, transportation, Travel
Tagged advertising, context, Don Draper, entertainment, hot spot, Humor, Internet, Mad Men, Television, train, transportation, Travel, WiFi