Tuesday, October 14, 2008

The joys of the 4/5 express train

So every morning I hop on the 4/5 express train to the upper east side. Some days I have pleasant experiences, some days not so much, and some days I am thoroughly entertained by what I find on board. I thought I would share a few of these experiences with you...
Almost every day a homeless man comes in and of course asks everyone for money or food... this in itself is not so exciting but the way in which they go about asking I find pretty funny. There is one man that has come on my train a handful of times and each time I have heard him give the same speech which begins, "Ladies and gentlemen, someone stupid stole my shoes today and I was arrested..." Sweet old man. How sad that his shoes get stolen every single day:)
A few times I have also been lucky enough to have a live Mariachi band perform for me on my trip home. Those guys are actually great... I wonder if they make a good living working the subways. Curious. Maybe I should start a band.
Lastly, the dancers. I have seen quite a few dance groups perform on the trains,
but there is this one dance group that I have seen that is definitely note worthy. These 4 gangster looking guys walk on with a huge stereo, set it down on the ground and ask everyone to clear the middle. Then they proceed to perform a dance routine that consists of doing flips down the entire length of the train, barely missing the poles in the center. I thought they were going to die. I was most definitely impressed.
Most people in the subway have learned to just pretend like they dont hear anyone giving a speech, asking for money, or singing a song and ignore any performance for money all together. I dont know how they do it. I get all excited and clap and pull out all the money I have... I'm such a sucker.
Yesterday I didnt have such a nice experience. I was sitting and reading my book so I didnt look up when an old man sits right next to me. Then I hear a gross nasty burp. I look over and this old man is flanked by two girls holding a bag in front his mouth. Without thinking I jump off my chair and choose to stand by the door. In my mind I thought this was completely reasonable... who wants to sit by a stranger that is clearly about to hurl everywhere? not me. But the two girls with him did not agree and thought I was very rude and dont worry, they let me and the whole train know how rude it was. At the time I turned toward the door and pretended like I didnt hear a thing but I would now like to take this time to share my deepest apologies.
Dear stranger, I am so sorry for the way I reacted to your sick friend yesterday. Please do not take it personally. I would not want to sit next to a stranger, best friend, mom, baby, sister, brother, or any living creature that was about to vomit. I must have a phobia or something. Please forgive me.

7 comments:

Ian and Kristen said...

That is really funny Taylor! I don't blame you one bit...

Hutchinson's said...

You make me laugh?!! Are you guys going to head out here for a BYU game? Isn't Craiger a fan?

Michelle said...

I can't tell you how happy that makes me.

ellen said...

I "got sick" on the Boston subway once -- not fun!! It's definitely my most embarrassing moment EVER.

Heidi Ainge said...

thanks for the stories! I want to hear what the girls proceeded to say about your rudeness! When will we see you guys next? R U going to AZ anytime in the near future?

The Nixon Family said...

You are one funny chica. would you please post everyday? thank you.

BrittanyPerez said...

That is completely unreasonable Taylor. If I were vomiting next to you on the train, I would AT LEAST expect you to cup your hands under my vomiting mouth and catch the debris.