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Thu, Sep. 15th, 2005, 11:11 pm
New York Moments

I had two very New York moments today.

First, I was heading to school for a lunch meeting with my advisor. I got on the train and promptly passed out. I woke up somewhere around 180th Street with drool all over my face - and realized that it's the first time I've felt comfortable enough on the New York subway to actually fall asleep, no matter how tired I was.

Second, heading home from school, an eight-piece band played music on the sidewalk as children in fancy dress showed off their dance steps. I have no idea what they were celebrating, but the crowd was clapping, heckling, and generally appreciating the strange and wonderful things that happen when you put this many people into this small a space.

Speaking of which, I've got an idea for a truly creepy short story on the latter topic, but that's for another time (when I have less academic writing that I ought to be doing!).

Fri, Sep. 16th, 2005 03:37 am (UTC)

The idea of falling asleep on a NYC subway scares me... Mostly as I would prolly wake up completely and utterly lost... But even if I lived there, I'm not sure I'd like the idea....

Watching the impromptu concert and dance however would be entertaining...


Fri, Sep. 16th, 2005 03:17 pm (UTC)

Oy, I could tell you stories of waking up in the Bronx and Brooklyn all in the same night (all trying to get to Queens), thanks to subway sleeping. Rough.

Last night I thought up a story in which a writer hires an actor to pretend to be a heartland fire-and brimstone preacher, and organize burnings of his book to make it shoot up the bestseller chart. I might even write it.

Fri, Sep. 16th, 2005 03:33 pm (UTC)

That's genius.