Saturday, October 5, 2013

A Subway Journey Home

                                          

This is a guest post by The Urban Blabbermouth. Comments are welcome!
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There is a ritual to the New York City subway system. Once there, you lose your humanity.  You are transformed into a savage, brutal and selfish automaton.  Savage in that you push and shove other riders out of your way to get into the subway car.  Brutal in that you never excuse yourself for any atrocities that you commit to get in the subway car.  Selfish in that you never give up your seat to any one no matter how cripple and old and pregnant they are.  Automaton in that you never look at any one else as a human being.

Now there are certain strategies that you can employ to be a successful subway rider.  You can stand by the door and obstruct the way just to be selfish and ornery.  That strategy is designed to increase your standing with your fellow passengers by impressing them with how vicious you can be pushing back at people trying to push into the car.  Whenever I see this strategy employed, I immediately piggy back on it.  I move to the center of the car.  There will be no one there as the "doorman" is keeping the other passengers bottle necked at the door.  Of course this only works if you are already on the car.