I must admit that I assumed commuting over an hour to work would be the number one most awful thing about my new job.
I was right.
It is terrible, but it also allows me to accomplish two of my favorite things: reading and people watching.
Last week I read three novels:
Attachments by Rainbow Rowell was an easy read and it was chosen for one of my book clubs. The entire book is written in emails between two co workers and it involves a security officer who is hired to "watch" the company email system and make sure there is nothing inappropriate happening. It was funny, but predictable.
Let's move on to people watching: it is amazing! People do some of the craziest stuff on the buses and subways. Last week, I noticed two people have panic attacks about almost missing their flight because traffic was holding the bus up. One lady seriously got on her phone, cancelled her flight from LGA, rebooked a new flight from Newark, and then proceeded to demand the bus driver let her off the bus immediately because she had to make it to the new airport. Usually, bus drivers only open the doors at the bus stops, but this woman was pushing people, making a lot of noise and being rude, so he let her off in the middle of the street when we were sitting in traffic.
I have also had the pleasure of seeing where numerous homeless people sleep. The A train has one of the longest rides from start to finish, so the homeless choose it because they can get the longest nap before they have to exit the train.
I wish I could remember some of the other amazing people watching episode from last week, but I'll keep my eyes open this week for some more!