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post #256 of 7136
"how much to have somebody clean the windows? fuck that, i'm on it. where are my shoes? eh, fuck those too."

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Originally Posted by Manton View Post

What a great day!
It was, according to the radio, 71 when I left my house. I sweat through my cloths--linen shirt and tropical suit--on my 10 minute walk to the train. Then, because the MTA no longer air conditions the trains, I sweat all the way to midtown. I sweat more on my walk to the office. Then, because apparently my office building is cutting costs too, I sweat all day at my desk--with my jacket OFF.
6 pm, time to leave for a banquet. It's downtown. Go to the downtown six, wait forever on platform that is hotter and steamier than the sauna at my pool where the old men sit to feel alive. The train arrives, no AC, then another walk to the venue, by the time I arrive I feel as if I have been soaked with a hose.
The venue is fine old structure, built as a bank. They knew how to build large, cool spaces in those days, before AC. I used to know the formula, but I don’t any more but basically it’s a combination of the volume of air in the space plus the height of the ceiling plus the thickness of the walls. So very large space, very high ceiling, very thick walls = cool space, pretty much at all times. This is why the main hall of Grand Central is almost always cool (though never the platforms).
But it doesn’t work if you put 800 motionless people in there crammed cheek by jowl. No AC. So I sweat through another 3 hours.
I go outside to get the subway uptown. It is 9:30. Guess what! The entire Lex express is … closed! Uptown AND downtown! Closed for construction, at fucking 9:30 on a weeknight!
What am I supposed to do? Walk over to the N-R and take that. Oh, so go blocks out of my way in this stifling heat to take a train to the West Side when I want to go to the East Side? Great.
Fuck that, I will take a cab. BTW, fares just went up yesterday by 17%. Yeah, you read that right. There are no cabs. I walk ten blocks up Broadway until I find a cab. The temp says 67. It feels like 110. I am drenched.
There is no AC in the cab. 20 minutes, $23.50,and ten gallons of sweat later, I am at GC. Missed my train by a minute. Have to wait 30 minutes for the local. Sitting and stewing—even the grand old architecture of GC can’t do anything about this liquid air. Local train also has no AC. All the public accommodations in NY have stopped AC. Obama austerity. Can’t cut bennies to the public employee unions after all and we have to save somewhere!
By the time I get off the train it is after 11. Nominally “cool” but torturously miserable. Some fuckhead runs a stop sign and almost runs me over. I whack his piece of shit car with my umbrella. He stops, apparently contemplates getting out to challenge me, then races off. Hey, this is New York! The city that never sleeps! Or the suburb that never sleeps. If killing you will save me a nanosecond, then you are expendable, asshole!
They say the next three or four days will be “more” humid. How is that physically possible? The definition of that is “pool.” How could anyone breathe such air without drowning?


I kinda call BS on that^^. Are you taking the Metro North into the city? I haven't been on a subway train in a long time w/o AC. I ride the 4,5,6 to meet with clients near GC(did that today) or down near the Wall St area(also did that today.) I take the F to/from work. Also catch the N,R to clients on the west side....I know not what you are talking about....
Edited by ter1413 - 9/5/12 at 5:37pm
post #259 of 7136
Must have real crappy subway luck because all the lines ter1413 mentioned along with the A/C/E/B/D/L/S/1/2/3/J/M/Z have had the AC every time I got on.

The few times I've experienced a no AC car it was always the first car and I would just move to another at the next stop.
post #260 of 7136
Thread Starter 
well i was sort of full of shit.

however, I will say that Metro North has the FANS on but not always the coolant. So they keep the air moving but often it's still stifling. I have to assume that is cost cutting because it's been going on all summer

90% of subway time is 4/5/6 and it's not bad, I must admit.
post #261 of 7136
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Originally Posted by Manton View Post

well i was sort of full of shit.
however, I will say that Metro North has the FANS on but not always the coolant. So they keep the air moving but often it's still stifling. I have to assume that is cost cutting because it's been going on all summer
90% of subway time is 4/5/6 and it's not bad, I must admit.

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I have noticed that when I get on the train in the middle doors vs the far left/right ones, it is always much cooler. More a/c vents...
post #262 of 7136
The platforms however....are FUKKIN brutal!!

Heading back to my office after an apt down on Water St today. It was appr 1pm. Got on the uptown 4/5 entrance. Train took appr 7-10 min to come. They must have been running late 'cause 1 came in and didn't stop! BRUTAL!!! I was swaeting my ass off!
post #263 of 7136
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Originally Posted by Manton View Post

well i was sort of full of shit.
however, I will say that Metro North has the FANS on but not always the coolant. So they keep the air moving but often it's still stifling. I have to assume that is cost cutting because it's been going on all summer
90% of subway time is 4/5/6 and it's not bad, I must admit.

Plus us tall guys are up there where the hot air is. I've noticed it's always cooler on public trans when I sit.
post #264 of 7136
Thread Starter 
Can it be? A bearable day in New York?
post #265 of 7136
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Originally Posted by Manton View Post

well i was sort of full of shit.
however, I will say that Metro North has the FANS on but not always the coolant. So they keep the air moving but often it's still stifling. I have to assume that is cost cutting because it's been going on all summer
90% of subway time is 4/5/6 and it's not bad, I must admit.

Maybe move to L.I.?confused.gif It's been a few years, but I remember the LIRR as being ridiculously frigid cold[1].gif, as in people bringing along sweaters & jackets....
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Originally Posted by ter1413 View Post

The platforms however....are FUKKIN brutal!!
Heading back to my office after an apt down on Water St today. It was appr 1pm. Got on the uptown 4/5 entrance. Train took appr 7-10 min to come. They must have been running late 'cause 1 came in and didn't stop! BRUTAL!!! I was swaeting my ass off!

For me, the ultimate heat wave indicator is when you walk down into the subway and don't notice any temp difference from the street crazy.gif

I wore a seersucker today and am pretty comfortable satisfied.gif
post #266 of 7136
It's actually really nice out here in North Florida. You can feel fall right around the corner and I noticed on my walk to work the oranges on my neighbor's tree are coming along quite nicely. Can't wait to pick a few on my way into work this winter.
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Originally Posted by foodguy View Post

you can't get a decent handmade corn tortilla. savages.

Flour tortillas really piss me off. I hate the taste.
post #267 of 7136
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Originally Posted by Manton View Post

Can it be? A bearable day in New York?

Yep - last night was very nice too
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I switched from a straw to a lightweight felt hat, but I am still wearing summer suits.
post #270 of 7136
My pallet guy came in to my office today to present his invoice and then told me about his week visiting NYC. He was rapturous about the place, the food, the sights, the 9/11 memorial, Little Italy, etc. I asked him about the weather and he said it was wonderful, beautiful weather. Are you whiners in the same NYC that he visited?
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