Go Figure

by admin on November 4, 2010

Okay, this may sound mean but here goes anyways. What is the deal with the minority population of this great city hanging out in the stairwells of the subway stations? I don’t know if this is intentional or not, but it seems to be an ever increasing thing as of late. At least it seems this way to me.

Between cell phone usage ( they must have magic phones, because I go two steps down into a station and my signal laughs back at me), drinking, or just plain sitting on the steps during rush hour or peak foot traffic times, they are a constant source of irritability. There is no way in hell you cannot feel as if you are in the way when you look up and see a small regiment of people storming towards you at break neck speeds to catch an oncoming train. Out of common courtesy alone, one would move themselves, or you would think. No, instead of yielding to the masses, in an act of unjustifiable defiance they actually reinforce their stance (pants hanging around their thighs), and brace themselves for what is soon to be the inevitable push or light shove by you or me. And the response if you should happen to nudge one of these human speed bumps? Let’s just say the verbage is of an “R” rating.

What is the deal with this, I ask. The stations are pretty big. There has got to be other places to linger. Is there possibly a genetic linking between spit on , urinated on, city scum molded stairwells and them? Is this the “fuck the man” via stand up for your rights action that I am not aware of? Could this be just a snowball effect of no home training? I’m a minority and I try my best to stand out of doorways and walking paths to help eliminate somebody possibly missing a train. What if that person who is blocked or delayed because of a few people standing around in a congested walkway/stairway is late for their job or job interview and is passed over or fired due to a missed train? How about that mother who has to rush home to pick up her child by a certain time because the babysitter has to go home at exactly six? Are they going to pay for the extra hour of daycare? I think not.

God forbid if they were to be blocked. It would be hell for the person who made them miss their train. And while I’m at it, don’t most of the newer subway cars with the long banquet style seating seat three, not two to a portion before the pole splits it to seat three more? In a perfect world with everyone getting along, that would be six people per bench between each door, right? Why do I always see two people in the spaces where there should be three? They sit there with legs out in the aisle, knees separated in a huge “Y”, allowing no one else a seat to rest their tired bodies. What gives? When you approach and say ‘excuse me’, you get a look of ‘how dare you’, and you literally have to squeeze yourself between the two of them while they still sit leaned back, pants off their asses, oblivious to your comfort level.

This has to stop. This city is already over congested and courtesy and kindness go a long way towards continuity among strangers, especially when having to be boxed in like sardines for thirty minutes together. Does the other part of the population partake in this madness? Yes, I’m sure of it, but not in record setting numbers as I see every single day. Again, just my opinion. If I offend, good. That means someone is listening. Oh yeah, and for Christ sake, pull up your pants!

{ 6 comments… read them below or add one }

booschmucker 11.08.10 at 3:05 pm

very interesting short story. very proud of u. keep writing. love you always.

Mike Chiavaroli 11.15.10 at 8:00 pm

what about the Asian people at Canal Street who block the subway doors so you can’t get off the train. I find that annoying and frustrating. Move to the side and let people off the train and then you can get on, that is the natural order of things and I believe a unspoken rule of subway etiquette. What is their big rush to get on those cars?

Carry Veazie 12.25.10 at 12:50 pm

I found your blog on google and read a few of your other posts. I just added you to my Google News Reader. Keep up the good work Look forward to reading more from you in the future.

James V Despain 12.26.10 at 11:44 pm

Thanks for the great post.

Charlotte Asher 01.09.11 at 10:27 pm

I must be peat and this repeat, or this is peat and I am repeat. Because these are the same complaints I hear everyday. Lol I’m surprised you didn’t give the taxi drivers any play, or the Asian cleaners. But I trust you’ll get to it. Stay focused and keep writing.

Britteny Nickerson 05.08.11 at 1:00 am

Very inspiring! I wish I have time to do something like this.

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