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Things are always better in Europe.

 

"Things" are not always better in Europe at all, I enjoy Europe quite a bit.

 

Speaking of driving and liking it, Europe had great road tour spots.

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Originally Posted by Manton View Post

I don't think I've ever taken public transportation in LA.
Next time you're here, you should take a ride on one of the new(ish) metro rail lines if only for the novelty factor.

I've ridden public transport here quite a bit, but since I grew up here (in the South Bay 'burbs, anyway)and you didn't, that's not a meaningful comparison. As a kid, I used public buses quite a bit before I was old enough to drive. Took the public bus to middle school most days, and used it for going to the mall and that sort of thing. It was also the only viable way to get to Dodger Stadium from the South Bay if friends and I wanted to go to a game without a parent.

But with public transport as with many things, NY and LA are apples and oranges (regardless of one's preference).
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You must have fairly blunted sensibilities. There are certainly bigger payoffs in life.
I ride public transportation occasionally. I have my own car and can afford to pay for a ride if I feel like it, but sometimes public transportation is the easiest or most appealing option.


Perhaps not as blunted as your sense of humor.

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But with public transport as with many things, NY and LA are apples and oranges (regardless of one's preference).

which is why I love LA. And NYC.
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One thing that is true is that when you take "finished" meat out of the water bath and out of the plastic it is seriously disgusting to the point of being nauseating until you blowtorch it.

So McDonald's is using sous vide now? confused.gif

To be honest, I'm mostly attracted to sous vide because of the blowtorching part.
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It doesn't matter, I know several normal people restaurants on my block that use them. Most of them illegally (don't ask me how I know) because there is an extra license required to use them.

You need an extra license to boil things -- or not quite boil things -- in NYC? Is this supposed to be a health regulation or what?

But I have no trouble believing that pretty much everything in Williamsburg is prepared sous vide, including french fries.
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To be honest, I'm mostly attracted to sous vide because of the blowtorching part.
I feel the same way about online dating.
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Originally Posted by Bounder View Post

You need an extra license to boil things -- or not quite boil things -- in NYC? Is this supposed to be a health regulation or what?

yeah, it's a food safety thing.

http://www.polyscienceculinary.com/blog/food-safety-with-sous-vide-cooking/
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Got on the Uptown F train yesterday from 2nd Ave around 6:30 PM, which was of course pretty packed. I had to move in a bit to let the people behind me in and as a result pretty close to the passengers already on the train. This one kid took exception to how close I had to stand to him for a second, which cut him off from his crew. He loudly yells "Oh no you did NOT just stand right next to me like that". I look over at him and shrug. He starts loudly saying "Ew man, that's GAY" and then steps very close to me and yells "Oh yeah, you don't like it either, do you?!" to which I said "I wasn't screaming in your ear like a child, in fact this little kid (about 8 years old) over there is fine with how crowded this train is". His friends found that pretty funny and the kid moved away closer to his buddies while muttering how I was all disrespecting his space and shit.

Fuck that guy.
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targeted farts on command would be so cool in that situation.
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Originally Posted by gomestar View Post

after a few months of riding the A-C-E line in Manhattan, I've made a general observation. Usually, if a train pulls in and one car seems completely empty, you should avoid it since it probably smells like liquid garbage and fungus in there thanks to some hobo. This is a standard MTA rider habit. On the E train, you should do the opposite and look for the fullest car possible since the odds are there's some hobo causing problems anyways.

The A and C are fine, but there's just something about the E that attracts hobos, and it's awful.

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I have to say that this does seem like a special reason that NY sucks. Extra-funky homeless people who live on the subway seem unique to New York. BART probably comes the closest, but SF, even with its large population of free-range mental patients, can't really compete. I don't think any other major metropolitan area, anywhere in the world, is even in the running.

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I think it has something to do with how (relatively) sparsely used, the number of stops and the length that the E train travels while being underground that draws them.

I noticed the E gathers them quite readily. The 1 Train sometimes, but not often on weekdays.

I stayed in Hell's Kitchen during my recent trip to NYC, and took several trips on the E train. On a few occasions, I noticed pungent gentlemen of no apparent fixed address riding this line. Wasn't as bad as you all are making it out to be. Maybe because I'm used to DC, where they tend to ride the metrobus, a much smaller confined space.
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took several trips on the E train.

plus this:
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On a few occasions, I noticed pungent gentlemen of no apparent fixed address riding this line.

equals WAY too much hobo, especially on a line that moves thousands and thousands of people every single day. Not cool, MTA.
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Originally Posted by gomestar View Post

targeted farts on command would be so cool in that situation.

A friend of mine can vomit on command. It used to really deliver when we were in college.
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I see we've come to the core of whiteslashs' shortcomings as a human.
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Nothing will want to make your improve your station in life, more than riding public transportation.

this is complete nonsense for NYC where the subway is the fastest, cheapest, and easiest way for the vast majority of destinations. This isn't taking the B-11 bus from the suburbs to the Planned Parenthood clinic downtown.

Well, maybe he has a slight point . . .

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this:
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Originally Posted by Ambulance Chaser View Post

took several trips on the E train.

plus this:
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Originally Posted by Ambulance Chaser View Post

On a few occasions, I noticed pungent gentlemen of no apparent fixed address riding this line.

equals WAY too much hobo, especially on a line that moves thousands and thousands of people every single day. Not cool, MTA.

The subway might be the fastest, cheapest and easiest way to get around NY but it is also true that it is perhaps the depressing and creaky metro system in existence, at least in world-class cities. The Hong Kong Metro, to take one example, is like riding the Eurostar compared to the NY subway. Plus, you can use your fare card to pay for all sorts of stuff. As this technology has been in use for about 15 years now, it might be something the MTA should consider looking into, in that implementing it would actually generate revenue that they could use to defunk cars.
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what? I complain that there's always a hobo car on one particular line. I just have to move to the next car, which doesn't exactly cost the MTA billions.
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