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Look out below! April 24, 2007

Posted by whatpushesmybuttons in breakfast, critique, eating, food, funny, humor, new york city, opinion, pedestrian behavior, subways, travel.

So for those who take the 6 train south of 42nd (Grand Central) you know that the train conductors love to whip the train around the corner leaving 42nd street on the way to 33rd (that’s also when the train shifts from Lexington avenue to Park avenue). Anyway, most “straphangers” are ill-prepared for the train whipping around the corner and almost without fail, every day someone loses their balance and smashes into other people. Most people end up bracing themselves against getting toppled over and after the train straightens, everyone is back to their normal standing positions. However despite years of seeing people get tossed around like rag dolls, I’ve never seen anyone get knocked over – until today.

This unassuming young male, about 5’8” and big build was standing against the subway door nonchalantly. There were several older women, very short (probably no taller than 5’1”) standing in front of him. As the train doors closed, the train sped out of the station and around the aforementioned corner. The young male went flying forward at the force of the turn, smashing against the older women. One woman grabbed a bar to brace herself, the other wasn’t as lucky as she went crashing to her knees. The young man felt terrible and lifted the lady up after the train straightened. It was hard not to laugh, albeit I felt bad for the old lady….but it’s one of those “train wreck” moments (no pun intended) you can help but chuckle at. Anyway no one was injured and there were smiles all around afterwards. Why is that “blogworthy”? Well it’s really not…except that it made me laugh – so thus it’s blogworthy.

Anyway, I’ve finally gotten over my disappointment about the blank Good Humor bar I received on Sunday. Since there was no considerable taste difference between the etched bar and the non-etched bar I guess I can’t really complain about it too much…except that the fun was sucked out of the experience.

Speaking of experiences, I came across this article on CNN.com this am titled “Say Yes to SoNo”. I was like, they can’t be talking about South Norwalk, CT could they? Well after clicking on the article the answer was yes.

While I agree South Norwalk has a hip scene with cool restaurants and trendy places galore, what the article FAILS to mention is that there is not ONE place to eat breakfast there on a weekend morning. Think I’m kidding? When Coogan, Charlie, Dan and I went to the MAAC Tournament championship in Bridgeport, CT in March we went looking for places to eat on Sunday am. Since we hung out in SoNo on Saturday night at the Black Bear Saloon, we figured there must be some diner or other breakfast place open given how alive the scene was on that Sat. night? Nope. There were like two gourmet coffee shops serving coffee and imported chocolates.

Any bagel place? Nope. Donut shop? Nada. Diner? Fuggetaboutit. We drove and walked around for an hour with not a place to eat in site. And this wasn’t at 9am mind you. Nope. This was at noon. Noon. As in lunch time. As in hello you have 20 bars and not one of them is open for lunch on a Sunday? Ridiculous. For an “up and coming” neighborhood to want to be taken seriously as a residential option that is piss poor. Yeah, it’s great for those “out of towners” who want to visit for the restaurants and trendy/gourmet scene. But good luck if you happen to be stuck there overnight and want something to eat besides imported chocolate from Bulgaria.

Anyway, sorry to go off on a side rant there. I’m getting “cabin fever” sitting inside on another gorgeous day. It’s hard to be funny or concentrate on work when it’s 70+ degrees outside and you’re stuck inside cubicle heaven. Then again millions of us out there are stuck in the same world. Trapped. On days like this I’m actually tremendously jealous of Heather Armstrong from Dooce. Why? Because she makes $70,000 a year just by blogging. From home.

If I was a stay at home paid blogger I’d probably look something like this

Don’t believe me? Check out her site. She makes a ton of money off advertising on her blog. She’s a stay at home mother and supports her and her family through her blog. Must be nice right? And honestly, while I like her tone and her style, I don’t think her blog is one of the “best things I’ve ever read” on a day-to-day basis. But don’t tell that to the thousands of mothers who read her blog and follow her word like it’s the gospel. Am I bitter? Just a little. Wouldn’t you be if you basically know that there are people out there who make a great living just by sitting at home on their ass writing about nothing in particular while you toil away in “work” land?



1. roger - April 24, 2007

i know that turn quite well…people always get tossed around!

2. dean - April 24, 2007

holy crap..she makes that much on ad revenue??? i’m in the wrong field!

3. janet - April 24, 2007

get out….no way. i’m soo jealous. i wanna be a stay at home blogger!

4. ethan - April 24, 2007

Yankees Suck! Yankees Suck!

5. candice - April 24, 2007

i hear you on cabin fever…i want to play hooky from work today! although supposed to rain rest of the week? blah

6. mr. blogger - April 24, 2007

my cubicle…my cubicle….thinking of that parody video…hah

7. tiffany - April 24, 2007

hey…a post without “swearing”! congratulations! heehee 😉

8. howie - April 24, 2007

yeah…i’ve read her before…when she’s not talking about her baby all the time she can be pretty funny…

9. trent - April 24, 2007

shit…give me $70 G a year and i’ll write a fuckin blog!

10. bethany - April 24, 2007

word up on that! i could be a blogger by day/stripper by night and i’d be pulling in over $100k per year! 😉

11. whatpushesmybuttons - April 24, 2007

Bethany: now you’re talking. Although maybe you can start a virtual stripping blog? This way you don’t have to worry about sleazy scumbugs grabbing you all night. You can take pay pal as payments for “virtual” lap dances! Hmm…maybe i’m on to something here!

12. roger - April 24, 2007

dude…that’s an awesome fucking idea!!!

13. h-dog - April 24, 2007

nah…no substitute for the real thing. need to touch da booty!

14. bethany - April 24, 2007

oooh…that’s an awesome idea…this way creeps like h-dog couldn’t touch me! i like it! 😉

15. trent - April 24, 2007

now you’re talking! $5 per “dance” or something like that! although aren’t there tons of free porn sites already??? 🙂

16. shayna - April 24, 2007

i think you all are sick bastards! i’m lovin it!

17. dan - April 24, 2007

“peter that’s a terrible idea”

18. mr. blogger - April 24, 2007

hah…is that an office space reference dan?

19. dan - April 24, 2007

yep! good catch!

20. alex - April 24, 2007

i think the virtual strip blog idea is dumb! although if i got paid $70k to produce one i’m sure i wouldn’t complain!

21. nelson - April 27, 2007

i hear ya on being jealous…ain’t that america!

22. gary - April 27, 2007

HOME OF THE FREE…Ain’t that America! nice… good song 😉

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