Wednesday, September 08, 2004

BECOMING THE 1 TRAIN

I am the subway, and the subway is me.

This morning was the commute from hell. I'm sure mine isn't the only story out there, but it's my story, and my blog, and to paraphrase Sarah, my house...my rules.

First day at a new part-time job, so I allow extra time...over an hour for a trip that should take about 25 minutes. Leave comfortable dryness of apartment for much moister outside atmosphere. Slosh through 1.5 blocks to subway.

Descend into subway and become part of gi-normous throng of p.o.'d New Yorkers. Find out subways are not running between 42nd and 96th Streets...my new job's north of 96th...so I trudge through soaked streets to 96th.

Descend into subway and become part of gi-normous throng of p.o.'d and now completely saturated New Yorkers. Wade through ankle-high warm water. Feels (and smells) like I'm frolicking in one giant toilet. (I probably am.) Find out that no trains are running, in either direction, below 103rd Street.

Walk to 103rd, descend into subway, yada yada yada. You know the rest of the story.

Completely soaked, take cover from the apparently imminent flood at a local java stop (those green signs are everywhere, signaling hot caffeine and shelter). Sit for two hours, write fairly funny sketch, and wait for rain to cease and subway service to resume. Run into friend Andy and agree to split a gypsy cab with only one working backseat seat belt. I finally make it to my new assignment. My shoes remain soaked until 4:30 pm. Slipping them off at some point, I note that the entire sole and back of my foot has been dyed goth black.

Take three different trains to see Amy Sohn at Barnes and Noble. Feet still black.

Go home, shower, scrub feet. Once. Twice. Three times a pumice. Feet still black. Do not wish to clamber into bed with black feet. Anti-bacterial soap's next, because whatever that black stuff is, it's gotta be bacteria. Lather, rinse, repeat. As needed.

What's it gonna take? Turpentine? Ajax? Sandpaper? A blast of messianic air, containing fire, brimstone and Dow's magic scrubbing bubbles?

The residue on my feet may outlive me. I am now the subway. And I'll just have to accept that.

Or maybe I could have my feet amputated.

7 Comments:

At 12:34 AM, September 09, 2004, Blogger Anna Broadway said...

Awwww. Maybe it’s just a leather stain. They can be rather pernicious that way sometimes. Wow, did I just say “pernicious”? I’ve been online waaaaaaaay too long today.Good news is, I did just discover this way-funny site, as drawn to my attention by an alert reader. Just the thing for a crummy day...

Also, contrary to my misuse of that really long adjective above, my dictionary informs me that leather isn’t usually known to be “deadly” or “destructive.” Unless one is referring to the hide that is a bull racing toward you, horns lowered.

... Laughed yet? Groaned, at least? ;)

 
At 9:36 AM, September 09, 2004, Blogger annabel lee said...

Yikes, that does not sound fun. I don't have any good suggestions (sorry!) but I am sending loads of good (and dry) vibes your way. And congrats on the new job -- I hope day two gets off to a much better start!

 
At 10:07 AM, September 09, 2004, Blogger Dawn Summers said...

hahahahahahahaha....still....laughing....hahahahahahaha....um sorry...hahahahahahahahahaha

 
At 3:11 PM, September 09, 2004, Blogger Lisa said...

What's the new part-time job you have?

 
At 4:13 PM, September 09, 2004, Blogger Michael said...

Sounds like them old leather-stain blues to me.

Would not a taxi earlier in the process have been advisable? I know they're scarce when it rains, but, Esther, darling, ... you're a NEW YORKER! You push, you scream, you plead brain tumors out of control ...

 
At 4:39 PM, September 09, 2004, Blogger Esther Kustanowitz said...

Lisa-I'm doing some part-time writing work for Yeshiva University.

This is just in from my mother, and I had to share it even though she would never post it (or anything!) on this blog:
"Stop scrubbing. Fill a size 10 pot (you wear a size 9 1/2 shoe, right?) half way with mostly warm water and a few drops of mild dish soap. Sit down next to a towel, put your feet in the pot and watch Trump's Apprentice premier tonight. This probably won't get the stain off your feet, but it will wear off with time. While you're waiting, tell people it's a tattoo."

She's funny, right?
:]

 
At 8:49 PM, September 09, 2004, Blogger PetiteDov said...

Your mom is funny and sweet! Congrats on the new job - and more money for taxis so that you don't have to get anymore "tatoos."

 

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Wednesday, September 08, 2004

BECOMING THE 1 TRAIN

I am the subway, and the subway is me.

This morning was the commute from hell. I'm sure mine isn't the only story out there, but it's my story, and my blog, and to paraphrase Sarah, my house...my rules.

First day at a new part-time job, so I allow extra time...over an hour for a trip that should take about 25 minutes. Leave comfortable dryness of apartment for much moister outside atmosphere. Slosh through 1.5 blocks to subway.

Descend into subway and become part of gi-normous throng of p.o.'d New Yorkers. Find out subways are not running between 42nd and 96th Streets...my new job's north of 96th...so I trudge through soaked streets to 96th.

Descend into subway and become part of gi-normous throng of p.o.'d and now completely saturated New Yorkers. Wade through ankle-high warm water. Feels (and smells) like I'm frolicking in one giant toilet. (I probably am.) Find out that no trains are running, in either direction, below 103rd Street.

Walk to 103rd, descend into subway, yada yada yada. You know the rest of the story.

Completely soaked, take cover from the apparently imminent flood at a local java stop (those green signs are everywhere, signaling hot caffeine and shelter). Sit for two hours, write fairly funny sketch, and wait for rain to cease and subway service to resume. Run into friend Andy and agree to split a gypsy cab with only one working backseat seat belt. I finally make it to my new assignment. My shoes remain soaked until 4:30 pm. Slipping them off at some point, I note that the entire sole and back of my foot has been dyed goth black.

Take three different trains to see Amy Sohn at Barnes and Noble. Feet still black.

Go home, shower, scrub feet. Once. Twice. Three times a pumice. Feet still black. Do not wish to clamber into bed with black feet. Anti-bacterial soap's next, because whatever that black stuff is, it's gotta be bacteria. Lather, rinse, repeat. As needed.

What's it gonna take? Turpentine? Ajax? Sandpaper? A blast of messianic air, containing fire, brimstone and Dow's magic scrubbing bubbles?

The residue on my feet may outlive me. I am now the subway. And I'll just have to accept that.

Or maybe I could have my feet amputated.

7 Comments:

At 12:34 AM, September 09, 2004, Blogger Anna Broadway said...

Awwww. Maybe it’s just a leather stain. They can be rather pernicious that way sometimes. Wow, did I just say “pernicious”? I’ve been online waaaaaaaay too long today.Good news is, I did just discover this way-funny site, as drawn to my attention by an alert reader. Just the thing for a crummy day...

Also, contrary to my misuse of that really long adjective above, my dictionary informs me that leather isn’t usually known to be “deadly” or “destructive.” Unless one is referring to the hide that is a bull racing toward you, horns lowered.

... Laughed yet? Groaned, at least? ;)

 
At 9:36 AM, September 09, 2004, Blogger annabel lee said...

Yikes, that does not sound fun. I don't have any good suggestions (sorry!) but I am sending loads of good (and dry) vibes your way. And congrats on the new job -- I hope day two gets off to a much better start!

 
At 10:07 AM, September 09, 2004, Blogger Dawn Summers said...

hahahahahahahaha....still....laughing....hahahahahahaha....um sorry...hahahahahahahahahaha

 
At 3:11 PM, September 09, 2004, Blogger Lisa said...

What's the new part-time job you have?

 
At 4:13 PM, September 09, 2004, Blogger Michael said...

Sounds like them old leather-stain blues to me.

Would not a taxi earlier in the process have been advisable? I know they're scarce when it rains, but, Esther, darling, ... you're a NEW YORKER! You push, you scream, you plead brain tumors out of control ...

 
At 4:39 PM, September 09, 2004, Blogger Esther Kustanowitz said...

Lisa-I'm doing some part-time writing work for Yeshiva University.

This is just in from my mother, and I had to share it even though she would never post it (or anything!) on this blog:
"Stop scrubbing. Fill a size 10 pot (you wear a size 9 1/2 shoe, right?) half way with mostly warm water and a few drops of mild dish soap. Sit down next to a towel, put your feet in the pot and watch Trump's Apprentice premier tonight. This probably won't get the stain off your feet, but it will wear off with time. While you're waiting, tell people it's a tattoo."

She's funny, right?
:]

 
At 8:49 PM, September 09, 2004, Blogger PetiteDov said...

Your mom is funny and sweet! Congrats on the new job - and more money for taxis so that you don't have to get anymore "tatoos."

 

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