Written by: Seth Myers
** In order to take these pictures, I had to stay extremely incognito, stealthy, and inconspicuous. Enjoy **
As summer flies by and people try to fit in as many summer trips and vacations as possible, the car starts to rack up miles and over-priced gas takes its toll on the bank account. I, on the other hand, haven’t driven a car in over 2 months. The good ol’ red Corolla (some say it looks pink, but I tend to avoid that description) is just sitting on the side of the road in sleepy Englewood, OH. So if I haven’t been driving, how have I been getting from point A to point B??
I’ll tell you how… my new best friend, the subway! It is my ticket to the treasures of Manhattan, and when I say treasures, that is a great way to describe the people that are riding it with me.
Our first specimen (right) entails an extremely bad case of sleepiness. What the picture fails to reveal is the crinkled wad of money in his left hand (approx. a $10 bill and 3 or 4 $1 bills). Additionally, I got off at the last stop for this train and he continued to stay in a deep slumber. I wonder where he ended up?
This what I like to call a subway guitarist, naturally (left). This young lady hopped on at Grand Central Station, yelled out something that I couldn’t decipher, and proceeded to entertain me for 45 seconds. When all was said and done, she passed out flyers to promote her performance that coming Saturday night. Unfortunately, I didn’t to make it to her variety show. She seemed like a nice girl, though.
One of Fisher’s finest happened to be on the subway one night (right). Somehow Oscar Wu made his way all the way from Houston to New York City and was so worn out that he just decided to snooze for a while on the 6 train. First of all, thank you for visiting. But secondly, and more importantly, this teaches us a valuable lesson. Keep your eyes peeled at all times because you never know when you will come across the New York version of a friend from home. Much love, Oscar Wu. And yes, I am fully anticipating the retaliation that is coming my way!
I can assure you that you are seeing exactly what you think you’re seeing (left). Equipped with his leather cowboy hat and an accordion, we have a legitimate member of a Mariachi band. To be honest, I’m kind of diggin’ his shirt. After much provocation from the train riders, he proceeded to belt out a couple tunes for the crowd. As I stated above, there is always a next step to this music filled adventure on the train… His lady friend proceeded to canter up and down the train like she was doing a collection for the church.
May as well just stick with the theme and feature another sleepy man (right). You may be asking, what is the reason for this strange, sleepy phenomenon? Honestly, I don’t know! The train seats are stiff and uncomfortable, the stops are abrupt and frequent, and it’s so much fun to people watch, that I don’t have a clue how anyone could fall asleep. But hey, who am I to judge. This guy is clearly in a peaceful slumber, while I continue to be the creepy out-of-towner that snaps candid shots of sleepy subway people!
As is evident from this post, I have too much time on my hands and I’ve become too obsessed with New York’s public transportation. With that being said, this post is simply a way for others to get a sense of how different it is outside of Columbus, OH. I could easily walk around Times Square in a cut-off t-shirt, swim trunks, sandals, and a cowboy hat, and not turn too many heads. Manhattan is comprised of a unique mix of the most diverse people in the world, which are all squeezed together on a small island. This immense concentration can only lead to one thing: shock and awe of different individuals.
** Take away: Be prepared to see all sorts of different individuals in life, but at the same time, keep an open mind. You never know when you may come across the most unusual individual that can actually teach you something inspiring or lead you in the right direction. **
Thank you for reading!