I don’t know what it is. Maybe god id punishing me for talking about fat people on SUBWAYblogger.
Lord knows the haters start bashing away in the comments every time I bring up the subject.
So before I get into the point of this post, let me say a few things for the record
- No, I don’t hate fat people. I just think that they need to recognize that they are fat and that other people shouldn’t have to be impacted by someone else’s girth.
- I’m not insensitive. I just tell it the way it is. Sugar coating is for babies.
- I know…just because your fat doesn’t mean you a bad person. I get it, and I agree. So just relax.
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There’s a new geeky duo that claim the title of being the fastest to ride the entire New York City Subway system. Back in December of 2006, some guys broke the old record by an hour.
The new record holders claim to have beaten the record by a couple of hours. How did they do it? Math.
Chris Solarz and Matt Ferrisi are a pair of computer/financial geeks that used computer models to calculate the best plan of attack. They entered in all of the relevant data, including number of stops, lines, train schedules, distances, etc. Their program then did the trillions of riding combinations to produce the one that would yeild the fastest ride.
Apparently it all worked, because they smashed the old record without really breaking a sweat. From the beginning, they started gaining time, finding themselves ahead of schedule.
This time, they are going to have to report their record to the Guinness Book with documentation. The last record breaking caught a lot of media attention, and the attention of Guinness officials. So when the previous record was broken, it was certified very quickly.
Along the way, the men had to get witness signatures and take plenty of photos to document the trip. All of the documentation then gets turned in. So as of now, they are the unofficial record holders.
The previous team did a far better job of publicizing their record breaking attempt (including sending info to SUBWAYblogger). This crew flew under the radar for the most part. Their attempt did get some mainstream coverge though.
It’s been a busy few days for SUBWAYblogger. Thankfully, I can refocus here now and stop neglecting the site!
In other news, did anyone attempt to go to Times Square to watch the Inaugaration yesterday? If you did, you were probably pretty pissed.
There were thousands that turned out to watch, but from what I’ve heard, there was no sound! You could see it all happening on the jumbo screens, but no one thought to set up speakers to hear anything. Oops.
We’ve been getting lots of comments on our Bar Car idea. I still think it would be an excellent idea, but apparently most other people are afraid of the devil beer.
Alright. I admit it. I had to ask for directions today on the subway. I’m not terribly proud of it either.
We had company in town this weekend, and went downtown to the Seaport, etc. We were going to take the 2,3 down, but that got all messed up because uptown, the trains stopped running for n reason.
So we transferred to the A. Got to West 4th and it switched over to the 6th Avenue line with no warning. Had to backtrack on that one.
I tried to ask a transit worker what my alternatives were. I walked away before I said some choice words about the worker’s lack of mastery of the English language.
Eventually, we did make it over to the World Trade Center instead. Then we just walked from there.
Now I know why I don’t go downtown on the weekend.
That’s what I would like to suggest as a new revenue stream at the MTA hearings. It would be nice to go and get a quick coldie while on the train.
Or maybe on the platforms. You could install bars on the platforms. Just get rid of some of the magazine stands and convert them to beer stands. I think it would be awesome.
I for one would buy one every day, especially in the summer.
Then maybe you add some coffee stands (nice, clean coffee stands). That would be killer in the morning.
I guess in general, I’m looking for concessions on my ride.
Welcome to Monday boys and girls. Get back to work!
It’s going to be cold later this week. With the exception of a quick spike to 42 degrees on Tuesday, it is going to gradually get colder. Friday, we could be looking at a high of only 13.
I for one say GOOD! I’d like to go at least one winter this week where I don’t regret my choice of outerwear. The temperature lately jumps and falls more sporadically than the stock market. It makes planning your clothes for the day difficult.
You’ve got to factor in that the subway platform and train is going to be warmer than the plain outside air, right? So you try to do your best.
You don’t want to have a heavy coat on only to get down to the platform and need to peel all that off before you stroke out.
You go outside expecting it to be cold only to find out it’s not quite as cold as you thought. Then you’re standing there sweating your behind off. And you know, you never want to be that a-hole with the giant parka on, taking up all the extra space. People can’t get by you because you’re trying to stash away your mittens without dropping your coffee.
So outside it will gradually get colder and so will the platform/trains. Don’t forget your hat!
Want a free ride with that donut?
Over the next month, Dunkin’ Donuts is making the morning commute a little brighter for New Yorkers by providing free subway rides at four of Manhattan’s busiest subway stations. The giveaway is a component of Dunkin’s newly launched “You Kin Do It!” campaign to encourage everyday workers to keep America running during these tough times.
Dunkin’ Donuts representatives will hand out free Metrocards between 6:30 am- 9:30 am on the following dates, outside these stations:
- Monday, January 12th- Lexington Ave/ 53rd Street
- Tuesday, January 20th- 14th Street/ Union Square Station
- Monday, January 26th- Grand Central Station
- Monday, February 2nd- Times Square/42nd Street
Personally, as someone that goes to the big D on a daily basis (no joke), I wish they were handing out Dunkin’ Donuts gift cards. But hey, MetroCards are cool too.
I witnessed a funny encounter today on the subway.
It was just a typical morning like usual. The train was fairly crowded.
There was a girl sitting down and another girl standing in front of her with her iPod in reading a book. The girl sitting down looked up, and with a somewhat puzzeled look on her face when she saw the other girl.
“Hey Stephanie,” the girl sitting down said.
She said it a few times because “Stephanie” didn’t hear her due to the iPod. Finally, she did and popped out a an earbud.
“Sorry, I’m not Stephanie. She’s my sister.”
Turns out that this girl is an identical twin. The girl sitting down works with the sister apparently. That’s why she was so confused that this girl didn’t say hello when she was standing right in front of her.
The girl appologized laughed and apologized. The twin said it was no problem and it happens all the time.
Yeah that’s right. Strippers.
There’s a shocking amount of videos online of people treating the subway poles like stripper poles. I mean a LOT. Here’s just a sample.
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Wow was I off my subway game today.
I swiped at the turnstile and walked right into the bar. My Metrocard expired and I totally forgot. So like an idiot, I had to squeeze back out and get one.
Then the Metrocard machine I went up to was not working for some reason. It wouldn’t read any of my credit cards. So I had to try another one.
When I finally got through, I got to the bottom of the stairs just as the train was leaving.
Once a train came, and I got on board, I was completely out of my normal position. I kept getting caught in the flows of people getting off at each stop. Normally I get into a spot where I can stand still all the way with minimal movement. This time, it was in a different spot after each stop. Annoying.
Then at my stop, I walked all the way to the end of the concourse only to find that my normal exit was closed off for construction.
It was an all around nightmare. Glad its day one.