It just seems very appropriate that while I am currently flying over America at an altitude of 30,000 feet on my way to Las Vegas that my first guest post is from a guy that seems to live his life in airplanes, and is also a frequent business and world traveler. In fact, he goes by the name “The Guy” and his blog is one that I do enjoy reading. Terrific posts and pics that describe his travels, whether it be the cities he explores, the airlines he takes, or the trials and tribulations of getting around. Give his blog a read, as he offers some great tips if you are looking to travel abroad. Plus, he occasionally goes on a rant as I do!
Take it away Guy! (I sure do love in-flight wifi!)
The Frustration Of Driving, Anywhere!
A few decades ago it was considered a privilege and an honour for the few. Those were special times of sparse roads and few petrol stations. Now cars are everywhere and the frustration of driving is shared by many.
Only a decade ago my trips to India and China saw relatively clear roads compared to the West. Now with these up and coming economies you risk your life if you dare ride a bicycle on these roads. Cars are anywhere and everywhere.
As I travel back and forth to work each day it never ceases to amaze me the things I see on the NYC subway. In just these past few days back at work after the Easter weekend I have viewed Subway Douchebaggery at it’s finest!
Here’s a quick rundown of some things that people have done or keep doing that boils my blood –
Stepping on my just shined shoes. Really? At least say “excuse me” and don’t pretend like you didn’t do it!
I totally understand all the hate directed at the MTA. There are times I want to scream at the top of my lungs and times when I want to go postal on their greedy asses. I mean, how can they always boast record ridership yet always report that they are deeply in debt and need to cut services? It’s very shady that they never fully open their real books for all to see. The mismanagement is rampant, and they are too top heavy with higher level execs and not enough workers in the trenches. The MTA are the keystone cops of transportation. (this is all just my personal opinion, but also the same as many others in NYC I’m sure)
That all being said I must admit that I love riding this subway system. Sure, there are delays at times, and the trains during rush hours can be very crowded (especially along the 4,5,6 lines), and many of the stations are dirty and now unmanned. Still, it is the largest subway system in the world that runs 24/7 and can basically take you anywhere with the swipe of a Metrocard. I have taken these trains everywhere and there are just a ridiculous amount of stops throughout the boroughs to explore. As it’s over 100 years old constant maintenance has to be performed and there is no way around that. At least many of the subway cars are newer and I love the cold AC that many provide during the hot summer. These newer cars are also brighter and cleaner. Damn, I remember the old “red-bird” cars and those were sweaty hunks of junk. Continue reading The MTA is the STD of NYC. No cure but we must live with it!→