The Crowds, The Crowds!

Well ladies & gentlemen, don’t pass out from the shock. Yes, I have a blog entry for a ride that is under 24 hours old! This might be a record so mark this day down in your blog, diary, journal, scrapbook, etc…. Ok enough horsing around……..

I had an exciting show to attend last night. My lovely friends & second favorite band Dayglow were performing at a big show at Avalon. I’ll skip over the fact that I have always hated this place dating back to it being the infamous “Limelight”. I have lost count of how many times this place has been shutdown & reopened under a new name.

The common sense route for me to take was the 6 to 51 St. for the V to 23rd St. I got to Parkchester & the train was sitting in the station. Normally I would be happy for this especially when I left later than I originally planned. Unfortunately this was the rare time I wish the train had not arrived.

When I know I’m getting off at 51 St for the E or V, I board one of the last 2 cars. These are the best cars to be in when getting off since they are right by the staircase leading to the transfer. I will get on at Parkchester or Castle Hill Ave. & walk to the back. Since the train had already arrived & I was running behind, I just hopped in a car.

The ride on the 6 was fine until we hit 96th St. The crowd already had a normal amount of passengers. When the train reached 96 St. & the subsequent stations, it only got worse! My fear is always being trapped & missing my stop.

The beauty of my local stop is I can always get a seat. I’m about 10 minutes from the beginning of the line. The drawback is when I’m riding into Midtown & beyond. The crowds can become so bad, I am trapped in my seat & can barely see the station if I even do.

I started to wonder what was going with the crowds last night. I am riding the subway in the reverse rush hour peak direction. The reverse peak direction by default has less passengers than its peak counterpart. However last night I felt like I was riding a rush hour peak direction train. I was trapped like a sardine in my corner seat.

The only saving grace I counted on was that a good amount of passengers would get off at 59th St. Thankfully they did but unfortunately even more got on! My last saving grace was many would be getting off at my stop, 51 St. Many got off & thankfully people were nice to clear space for us to get off in one peace! I was expecting the usual bum rush of people onto the train before letting us off.

I will offer myself & everyone reading a big reminder. If you are on the downtown 6 & going to 51 St, ride in the back of the train!!!! It took me over a minute to get to the back of the station with all the idiots stopping short! I hate having my forward progress impeded. I walk fast & in long strides. Any sort of my progress being impeded is beyond frustrating!

P.S. Dayglow’s set kicked ass as usual!!!!!

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Hauling Ass

So I’m still on that same 6 train heading home going into 3 A.M. on Sunday. I’m listening to music while lyrical fragments are coming into my head. I’m trying to ignore the fragments for a few different reasons. The ride was going fine & the “Odd Behavior” crew was gone.

I did get a sudden boost in energy after we left 125th St. The T.O. hauled some major ass going to & pulling into 3rd Ave./E. 138th St. I loved how he took that curve like a madman but executed a perfect stop without jerking. I don’t know who the T.O. was but I bet he kicks ass on an express run.

To the mystery T.O., I thank you for getting me home even quicker & keep hauling ass on the tracks!

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Odd Behavior

I’m on the 6 train heading home sometime after 2:30 in the morning on Sunday. I had just come from seeing my friends Dayglow play the last show at CBGB’s Downstairs Lounge. I’m sitting in the corner of the train listening to music when I noticed the 3 people sitting across from me.

The 3 people consisted of a male & two females. The man was sitting in between the two women. The blonde to my left had her eyes closed for most of the ride. I assume she was taking one of those phony naps. The eyes are closed but you are not really napping.

The behavior that struck me as odd is how her two friends would glance at her. They seemed to have a routine in place. The first thing they would do is glance at her. They followed this up by turning to look at each other. The routine ended by them almost chuckling.

I for some reason was sitting there quite curious as to why they repeatedly engaged in this routine until they got off. The most fun for them had to be when she looked through her pocketbook for something. This was followed by her “napping” again.

People do the strangest things sometime…………

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Oh Roger…….

Roger Toussaint, you are either clueless, funny, or a mixture of both. Readers of E.O.T. know how I felt about last year’s transit strike. If you don’t, check out the article by clicking here.

Mr. Toussaint has opened a reelection campaign website RogerToussaintVictory2006.com. When I first heard about the site & its content, I just knew I would blog about it. The delay came from having to actually fully believe what I had saw.

Roger, as a son of a MTA bus driver, & grandson of a retired MTA bus driver, I fully supported the reasons why you went out on strike. However as much as I supported you, I’m starting to think you are clueless.

NYC residents do not have short memories. A good sized percentage of residents hated you last year & continue to do so. Some of your supporters have lost confidence & this doesn’t include the many on the inside who aren’t fully behind you. Now with knowing all of this, why would you even dare try to make money off the strike?

I understand how these elections work & how you need to raise cash for them. This doesn’t make it right for you to try & make cash off of such a horrible event. The city was practically shutdown because of your actions. Now you expect people to forget that & support your cause? Newsflash Roger, it isn’t happening!

My first suggestion to you is fire your campaign manager if you have one. This idea reeks of a campaign manager who has no clue of what he or she is doing. If this idea actually came from you, go to the first mirror & slap yourself as hard as you possibly can. Maybe this slap will get your brain to start functioning again.

The hardcore truth is that your potential reelection will not come from the public but from within. So go out & prove to your constituents that you are the only person for the job. Save the stupid autographs, bracelets, t-shirts & anything else for a legitimate cause.

This is not the cause for it & I would hope you truly understand that. If you don’t, maybe you are not the right man to finish what you started.

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You Fucking Idiot!

Yes, I’m breaking out the vulgar language for this entry! I feel I am quite justified in doing so. This little story took place on Tuesday in midtown.

I was meeting a guy from Craig’s List to take a look at a mp3 player. I enjoyed my current player but was worried about some battery charging issues. I noticed that if the adapter was moved, it would stop charging. I found out the hard way a few times when I was stuck outside with no music!

So I am meeting the man in the lobby of where he worked. I get off the E at 7th Ave & was walking up the first set of stairs. The common rule with the staircase is to stay to your right. I’m doing just that when I noticed a few people approaching the staircase.

One of the people approaching was a tall guy in a business suit. He clearly saw me coming up the stairs as he approached to come down. Instead of keeping to his right like everyone else did, he decides to stay to his left. We were one step from crashing into each other.

He finally ducked to his right as he saw I wasn’t moving out of the way. I could tell he was annoyed that I didn’t move. I stood my ground & as I walked by, I called him a fucking idiot which is exactly what he is!

Oh by the way if you were wondering, I purchased the mp3 player. I am happy to have another Creative mp3 player as they make the best ones! Don’t get suckered in on the over hyped I-Pod!

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