Wednesday, December 21, 2005

Transit Strike!

So, we wouldn't be NY bloggers without sharing our thoughts on the Transit Strike--but I'm safely ensconced in California--narrowly avoiding the whole thing!! Part of me is happy to be avoiding it, but part of me feels like I'm missing a quintessential moment of the New York experience--one that all the rest of you are having! Cyn, Kim, and Sarah had quite the morning getting around. As Sarah writes:

I waited for the shuttle in the freezing cold for over an hour. I felt I was back in Chicago waiting for the bus in freezing weather. I couldn't even feel my hands and toes from the cold! Fearing that I may never regain feeling in my toes and hands again, I gave up waiting and decided to head back home. Of course, as soon I walked a couple of blocks away I saw the bus heading down! I felt like a fool for not waiting the additional 5 min. I was also annoyed with myself for waiting so long just to turn around and go home again. I called my brother to tell him what had just happened and he told me that I could get a ride from his friend, who was coming to pick him up. I ended up getting a ride from my brother's friend and finally getting to work at 11:30. I am not looking forward to tomorrow. Hopefully, the shuttle will show up and I won't have the same kind of hassle and stress as I did this morning. I got home really quickly on the shuttle this evening, so that's positive; there's some hope that things will go smoother tomorrow, but who knows? I want this strike to be over!!

Kim and Cynthia have been trying to take grad school FINALS in this mess--not great for mental agility, so please keep your fingers crossed that they get to their finals okay, and that they do well!

My Dad was in NYC for the 1960 strike. At that time the contract expired on Jan 1, so he was at a New Year's party. Since no one could go home, they all crashed there, and went out to get more booze, and continued the party for 2 more days. How cool is that? I hope the strike is over by New Year's--you can't get a cab to save your life, so the only way to get home is the train...

I'm so sad to not be enduring this misery with all of you! And there is little-to-no news coverage in Cali, the best I can do is download videos from WCBS. Thank god for high-speed internet!!


At 12/21/2005 7:28 AM, Anonymous Ellie said...

You're soo lucky not to be here. I have a two hour walk to one job and a pretty expensive cab fare to another. :(

At 12/21/2005 8:33 AM, Blogger FUNKYBROWNCHICK said...

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At 12/21/2005 8:57 AM, Blogger FUNKYBROWNCHICK said...

My employer chartered buses and vans for employees, so I've managed to escape most of the madness.

Thus far, the strike only impacts my evening / post-work life. For example, last night, I wasn't able to attend dinner, drinks and a concert with a friend on the Upper West Side. I have to rearrange tonight's plans as well.

Of course, given the choice, I would rather the strike disrupt my work life instead of my personal life. :(

At 12/21/2005 10:47 AM, Blogger rockthefaces said...

Thankfully, I live ten minutes away from my job and have no social life to speak of. W00t!

At 12/24/2005 5:05 PM, Blogger Polly P.I. said...

Half the time I work at home, half the time I work in my car, and the other half I'm working in a morgue.

Wait...that's three halves.

No wonder I don't have any time.

At 12/25/2005 5:35 AM, Blogger elvira black said...

Well, now of course the strike is over. I didn't have to travel for those few days, but I am pretty pissed off at the damage done to the city and its residents, and right before Christmas no less. Oh yeah--I'm ancient enough to remember the strike of 1980. I walked several hours to work then, but it was in the spring, and the weather was beautiful.

But anyway, wishing you all happy holidays!


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