this morning: crazy on the train.

you never know what awaits in the subway.

you never know what awaits in the subway.

Yes – there are lots of totally calm people riding the train every day just trying to get from point A to point B. BUT there are also some highly questionable people. Some are just stinky and quiet, others are trying to carry a tune for money, and then of course there are the ones you move away from ’cause they are yelling or flailing. Today, I was lucky enough to ride with the latter. yelling AND flailing. no bueno. Daily commuters sat calmly as avoiding eye contact, intently reading their phones/magazines/ebooks (while gripping their bags), and (if they were anything like me) carefully judging how quickly they could make a break for it if the man decided to act on the foul tongued cursing and threats he was yelling/slurring – meanwhile, also trying to decide if simply getting up and walking to the other end of the train car would agitate him enough to make him follow me. I already made the mistake of glancing up shortly after he got on the train when I heard a loud banging sound then something like an arm waving out of the corner of my eye. He approached me (but was still a couple of people away) and continued his four letter word rant while looking in my direction. That was enough for me. As soon as the doors opened I got up, got lost in the crowd and settled in on the other end of the train car. Unsurprisingly, once I was there I noticed a couple of others do the same. By the time I got off the train he had his choice of seats on his end of the car. You never know what’s inside the train until you’re in it.

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About clarissa

I'm a girl from Texas living in New York since October 2010. I fell in love with New York City on a business trip here in April 2009. I had to drag my husband along for the ride at first but just a few hours on his own while I was at the conference and he was completely on board. He began texting me mundane things like the price of milk and the quality of produce so that I could see it wasn't so much different than Austin. What are the chances that after just one week in New York two people would leave with the exact same resolution to one day live there? We did. Just about 18 months later we signed a lease on a new apartment and started a new chapter in our lives. This blog will hopefully give me a chance to document our adventures in New York as well as to share my perspective on the same using photos and stories. enjoy.
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