Double Take

I’m on my way home from Dayglow’s kick ass set at the crappy Avalon. I didn’t feel like taking the V to 51 St. for the 6. I knew the train would be packed & I’d have to stand the entire ride. My feet were killing me so this was not an option!

I hope the V down to Broadway Lafayette. I took the 6 down to the last stop of Brooklyn Bridge-City Hall so I could catch the 6 back uptown. On a side note, I wish the MTA would build the uptown connection to the 6th Ave. lines at Bleeker St. already! Anyway, I know this was the long way to go home. I didn’t care though as my feet were killing me & I was in no rush to begin with.

I’m just lounging in a corner seat listening to my mp3 player, & then it happened. I had to do a double take. The reason I did a double take is because I thought I saw my best friend Dawn. The same best friend who I called earlier to see if she wanted to come to Dayglow’s show after work. I thought to myself it couldn’t be her.

She left me a message on my voice mail as she was on the train home. She sounded exhausted so I couldn’t see her being back in Manhattan with so much energy. Needless to say it wasn’t her but damn if I didn’t do a double pondering if it was her!

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Halloween Recompense!

I guess some bad habits are hard to break. Here I am blogging about my Halloween on November 14th! I guess I am getting better since the delay is under 3 weeks! Normally I would be a minimum of 2 months behind.

I had been looking forward to Halloween for over a year. The theme for me was recompense. I wanted to recompense myself for missing out last year. My 2005 Halloween was spent finishing up moving out of Orange County. Instead of enjoying myself like planned, I spent my night sleeping on the floor of my living room. I’ll be damned if I was letting that happen to me again!

The plan was to go out & photograph the atmosphere of NYC on Halloween. I originally wanted to make this an all day thing. I took my sweet time & ended up leaving in the early evening. The goal was to take some nice pictures especially in the subway. I knew the opportunities were endless in the underground world.

I was invited to a party which I probably should have attended. I had my own reservations about that but I’ll pass on those feelings. The annual parade was my main target location. I normally do not enjoy events like that. I hate being squished in crowds. I must say it was not a bad experience at all!

The underground world was quite interesting on Halloween. I first wondered where everyone was. The train ride down to Manhattan was quite empty for an early weekday evening. The emptiness of the ride was very reminiscent of the 09/22/06 ride I blogged about here.

The only concern I had about going to the parade was the possible station closings. The MTA made mention of possible closings of the closest stops to the parade due to overcrowding. Thankfully when I got down there, the station was open & I was able to get down to business.

I eventually left the parade & decide to hang out in the L.E.S. The crowds I anticipated on the ride there never materialized. I never saw the crowd size I expected on any of the train rides I took. Maybe the conductors were surprised as well. They made announcements to make room for the big crowds coming from the parade. However they must have been shocked to hardly see any.

In the end, this Halloween ended up being one of, if not the best ever!

P.S. Yes, the first artist/band I played on my mp3 player when I left my house was the Smashing Pumpkins! Who else would it be!!!!

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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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