NYC – 1, J – 0

Well my luck finally ran out this morning.  Thus far a power outage in the Bronx: Shuts down several train lines – but not mine; a steam pipe blows up in midtown: Got off the train at my stop right after it happened; It rained: flooded most of the subway lines – including mine.

It’s a good news/bad news situation and overall it could have been a heck of a lot worse.  I decided (since it was raining) to get up and go workout since there would most likely be less people.  This means I take the same train I always take, but I get off halfway to work, go to the gym, and then return to the subway and then on to work.  Once I got above ground at Lexington Ave, it had stopped raining.  This was good news for me, since I had a return trip in the near future.  During my workout, I saw on TV several train lines, buses and shuttles had been halted or seriously delayed due to flooding – again, not the one I take.

After a good run and a mediocre workout, I got showered and presentable and then headed back to the train just in time to see people pouring out of the entrance all looking very disgusted with life in general.  Yep.  No trains at that station.  At this point lines for buses were thrice as long as usual, the odds of me catching a cab were about as good as a Republican getting the presidency next year and I wasn’t sure what other stations were still open.  So I just walked to the office from the gym.  10 blocks south and 7 avenues over.  About a 30 minute walk for all you non-city folk.  The way I see it though – A) I could have not gone to the gym and been stuck in Queens and B) it could have still been raining during that walk.

You know, I hate to agree with mass media and popular opinion, but this is getting a little ridiculous.  A steam pipes blows up, and yes it’s unfortunate, but I don’t think it a symbol of the decline of America.  However.  If it rains real hard one night (one, mind you) and the whole subway system floods to the point it is not functional then something is clearly wrong.  This is the best city in the world.  We can bounce back from terrorist attacks and blackouts but we can’t handle RAIN.  Sheesh.  And if Bloomberg insists on forcing everyone into the subway with his little congestion pricing plan, then he dang well better make sure it bloody WORKS first.

OK, I feel better now that I’ve got all that off my chest.  Y’all have a good one.

– J

Personal Note: I think that is the first time in my life I have ever used the word “thrice” in a written sentence.

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