About to spend a week riding the subways around nyc. Im sure ill see a couple, ill report back!
I really enjoyed the NYC subway experience. My not-so-inner rural Minnesotan was kind of nervous initially, but I was mostly worried about missing our stop rather than the people. I wouldn't want to do it every day, but it was certainly entertaining - mostly just "crazy guy talking to himself" type of stuff. I'm looking forward to your report.
As far as my denizen of public transportation story goes, around 1999, I was on a week-long business trip in Atlanta and took a cab back and forth from my hotel to the workplace each day. I had about a half hour ride each way and had the same cabbie every time. So, we got to chatting about all sorts of things. He struck me as being very intelligent and well-spoken.
At one point, he opens up the glove box and says, "hey, check this out..." and hands me a book. It was a publisher's proof of a book he wrote about locksmithing. According to him, it was about to hit the stores within a month or so. I just thought that was just a really unique area of expertise from a person I didn't really expect. Pretty fascinating guy.
Oh, and there's also the time I was in the Marine Corps, on my way to Iwakuni, Japan, and had to stay overnight in LA. I hailed a cab and asked the driver to take me to a cheap motel in Compton, since NWA had made it sound like such a nice place. The cabbie looks at me with the most annoyed expression and says, "what in the fuck is wrong with you?" Nonetheless, he obliged and agreed to pick me up in the morning.
There was a shooting in the motel complex that night - police, sirens, police tape and all the hoopla. The driver picks me up, gives me that annoyed look one more time and says, "well, I certainly hope you got the fucking experience you were looking for."
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