Wonderful Things That Never Happen On My Morning Commute

I tweet a lot about how commuting is the absolute worst. Unless you love walking through hot passages and making eye contact with toothless people, I don’t recommend a trip through the underground tunnels of NYC. I can’t even begin to explain how much I wish I could Apparate from place to place, but unfortunately Apparation isn’t real (and neither is anything from Harry Potter- which I am coming to terms with).

Even though my commute is one of the few times I’m by myself, it’s also one of the few times I get to hold hands with a stranger and that’s not in my top five list of things to happen on my way to work. So instead I have compiled the following list of wonderful things that never happen on my commute.

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1. The Hogwarts Express pulls up instead of the 6 train! How wonderful! Instead of being taken to 68th Street, I am taken to the beautiful Hogwarts campus where I can forget the dull breakfast I packed because I’m given a delicious buffet made by house elves that have been freed (but have decided to work for Hogwarts anyway)! My boss says it is okay if I don’t come in and I should enjoy myself. I spend the day roaming the campus and going to Hogsmeade with my new wizard friends. I write an insightful blog post about the experience when I get home. Everyone is jealous.

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2. I pick a seat on the bus and as usual, someone left behind a piece of trash, I pick it off the seat only to discover it’s a winning lottery ticket! Hooray! I decide to keep it a secret and I am lucky enough to quietly claim the prize without the press knowing. First I make donations and pay off student loans and with the remaining money I buy my mom and house by the beach and hire a private car/jet for myself so I never have to commute again.

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3. I’m stuck on the 5 train “due to train traffic ahead” when all of a sudden a nice baker with rosy cheeks and a round belly (not unlike Santa Claus) strolls through the car and gives out free, warm French bread from his brown wicker basket. Delightful! What can beat fresh, hot carbs? NOTHING.

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4. I’m on the ferry listening to boring music on my iPod when the ferry becomes a fun cruise ship! I head to the dining room for a great meal and a nice cruise employee keeps trying to take my picture while I eat. There will be all inclusive food and drinks on the top deck and when I retire to my cabin I will find a fun towel dolphin wearing my sunglasses or maybe a towel dog wearing my sunglasses or maybe a towel bat wearing my sunglasses. It’s fun! Just go with it!

5. If none of the above happens, okay. I can accept that IF, and only if, Mayor Bloomberg himself offers me an award for best train rider of the day. I win a digital camera and some cash prize money and a lively party is thrown in my honor. I get to wear a new dress and pose with the C-list celebrity who was invited. There will be a photo booth and I send my mom a good picture from the night so she can put it on the fridge. (I also get a key to the city. Because why not?)

(In all honesty though, I love the subway system. I think it’s genius. Well done, humans.)


  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=18900644 Ramou Sarr

    I’m having an inappropriate emotional reaction to #3. Probably because I’m PMSing, but also! OMG HOW AMAZING WOULD THAT BE? And we all just eat our bread in silence until our stop. Perfect.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=921180 Melissa Lapp

    This is fantastic. NYC commuting….woof.


  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=540313198 Emma Jones

    no.3 is my favourie! I always get really hungry on the way home, that would fill the void until I got home. Bit worried, going to NY this year and the subway sounds scary.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=177101793 Freya H Dub

    I like taking the subway to work, I like watching all the weirdos on the trains haha I mean sometimes I am NOT in the mood but most of the time I like it! And Hogwarts would be RIDICULOUS!

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100002413378468 Charles Shong

    At least you have a train that pulls up and takes you! I walk to my car and drive it for about 45 minutes, then get out of it very happy I made it to the parking ramp alive. I then walk for about a few minutes to get to the office. I want a train, the Hogwarts Express would be great though.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=628511761 Margarita Rivera

    Great post! I like the lottery ticket finding cuz I daydream about that one ALL the time! I’ve been commuting the MTA on my own since I was 14 and only recently I have developed something of an appreciation for it. I guess it is a perfect way of observing and experiencing the richness of New Yorkers, cultures, languages, attitudes and styles. Its almost like a living, breathing, museum (or documentary of sorts) of NYC. And it is some alone time no mater the crowd (although weirdly, I would NEVER travel foreign public transportation alone). I have seen and experienced A LOT of things on buses and trains through the years (I’m 30 now so imagine the stories…) things that made me scared, angry, laugh, and even cry. I have met incredible and not so incredible ppl and if one day I move from NY and have no MTA I might petition the state to make one!

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1419910680 Suzanne Burns

    Ahh, if only the 2/3 would turn into the hogwarts express…

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