Tuesday, April 3, 2007

Proselytizing and power walking

Taking the subway to and from work every day is ... well, let's just say it's never dull.

Mary's route through the stations takes her through a long passageway that allows her to enjoy a couple of interesting features of humanity:

1) Proselytizing. LOUD proselytizing. There is a religious group that seems to be permanently camped out in this passageway in the Port Authority terminal. They have a large table, recorded music, elaborate and professionally made signage, and several converts all handing out leaflets and, in many cases, shouting at the top of their lungs about salvation. Or rather, about damnation and hellfire. Mary wonders if they have never heard that phrase, "You catch more flies with honey."

2) Power walking. In this same long passageway, it's quite fun to watch how people maneuver on foot, in and out of "traffic" and around people's briefcases, suitcases, extra-large purses and such. Mary (who these days wears only sensible shoes while commuting) enjoys watching the women struggle in their high heels while she glides on by. It's amazing that people don't run into each other--almost like we have super-duper radar, similar to bats or hummingbirds.

These first two days, the commute has been easy in both directions: about 45 minutes each way. It may sound like a long time, but in reality, it goes by fast--and someone else is doing the driving, so there's nothing to do but relax. Still wonder how people manage to fall asleep on the subway, train or bus and not miss their stop ...

3 comments:

Carolyn Thomas said...

Love reading about your adjustment to the city. How many people work in that office building? Can understand what you are saying about noise. Funny - those people might say similar things about the SLO life - too quiet and peaceful.

Jeff and Mary said...

Not sure how many people work in my office building. It's about 13 stories, and it's narrow. I think there might be only 2 or 3 businesses per floor.

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