Discussion in 'Social Life, Food & Drink, Travel' started by Manton, Aug 26, 2012.
i was with you for a lot of today. My shirt is nice and dry.
I had an opportunity to work in the city and briefly debated driving. Upper east side parking is $700/month, probably more now. Turnpike cost $10/day, gas for my car is about $300/month. So that is $1200/month to commute. The train is about 1/2 that when you appropriate the expenses associated with parking, driving to the station and using the subways.
You know how, in car races, drivers will skillfully block the cars behind them from passing by inching left or right to maintain their advantage and position? Pedestrians in Manhattan do this too. And without rear view mirrors! It's amazing I tells ya!
You want to pass some fat meanderer on the right? She will sense that and drift right. Better still of there is a wall or another person she can join forces with to really form an obastacle.
Think a person moving left is going to stay on that trajectory? As soon as he senses you are trying to pass on the other side, he will start doing switchbacks.
This is why the Japanese, who know from life on crowded island, developed Kancho!
The worst is jerks who walk side by side on a busy street. Get out of the way and walk single file so I can get past you and your fat wife.
So is this now officially the "ITT only misanthropes and miserable people" thread ?
That is a legitimate reason why NY sucks.
No it's not. It might be a reason why big cities suck ?
the pandhandler on the subway this morning must have been the worst singer evar. I feel like Manton in his sleep would have been far better, and I almost gave a dollar out of "wow, that was awful", but I left all of my cash at home.
Reason why NY sucks: cab drivers who make up their own rules, e.g. the fake "off duty" switch when it rains and they want to pick and choose their fares, the "I'm off duty, but not really just joking where you going man? ah nah, not on my way so I'm off duty I guess"....
NY pedestrians used to be the envy of the world. The were fast and straight. Now they are all meandering jackasses. It's regress, I tell you, regress.
Glad you said "I feel like.." otherwise...
Yes well, walking is for pedestrians.
A similar phenomenon happens during long races - marathons and the like - where the walkers go out 30 minutes or even an hour early. As you might imagine the early-start walkers are a bit wide in the beam and they always walk three or four abreast. It's not such an issue where you have the full width of the street to run, but where you might pinch down to a single lane (as in semi-rural races) that gets a bit aggravating, and I'm ambivalent between congratulating them for being out there and berating them for being slow and in my way. I mean, if you're starting early and you know that about 28,000 people are going to pass you over the next 6 hours...you might show a bit of consideration and not act surprised or indignant.
Does the NYC marathon allow walkers? I can't imagine they do.
I'd rather get soaked or be late than deal with the "not on my way" cabbies. Pick me up or don't.
They also seem to change shifts at rush hour.
i'm pretty sure that reincarnated bed bugs return to earth as cabbies
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