Friday, March 10, 2006

subway diaries, chapter 3

for all gothamites, the subway is a way of life. this is the third in a series of my thoughts on this modus transportare publico. i'm fluent in faux latin, be impressed.

i was talking to M and we both, hands down, agreed that the worst day of the month is the day our monthly metrocards run out.

you buy these things, you use them 2, 3, 4, times a day. you use them a dozen times in a weekend. happily you swipe your card to see the green "GO" pop up in the turnstile and you push your way through. barely remembering when it is you bought the card in the first place and never remembering to check on it's expiration date...

inevitably you're running late, you have your card out, ready to swipe. approaching the gate you swipe and walk at the same time, just to walk right into the turnstile, your body stopped with a jolt. disoriented, not getting what just happened, you check the gate. the words "insufficient fare" glare at you.


you turn around. realizing another month of swiping has been pulled from yet another metrocard you walk yourself to the machines to buy another, relieved that you'll start fresh with another full month of the glorious green "GO."

4 people who played with me:

Blogger Becky said...

the prepaid toll passes are like that. when they run out, the red lights flash and the warning horn blares, and you feel like the toll-gestapo are going to come for you. it's mortifying.

less painful on the tummy, though.

3/09/2006 10:38 PM  
Blogger Syar said...

I can sort of relate, because now that I'm driving I'm equipped with this thing called the smart tag that lets you breeze through tolls. but ONLY if a) you have enough money in it and b) its positioned correctly to catch the sensors (its this bulky thing that's supposed to be attached to the windshield but my dad took it off for fear of someone breaking into our car to get it). many times I've held it upside down and been disappointed by the non-moving bar.

then people start honking at you.

*shudder* nightmare.

WV : oynorxm, one more O and it'd be an anagram for oxymoron. cool.

3/10/2006 12:25 AM  
Blogger Katie said...

Firstly: Ouch. Secondly: Hilarious.

Thank you!

3/10/2006 6:09 PM  
Blogger Demosthenes said...

"Be impressed."

I'm impressed.

3/11/2006 11:20 PM  

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