06 July 2006

No 2 for you

My train this morning was held up for an “investigation of a suspicious package.” I got on the 2 at 96th Street, at 9:03. It took 10 tries for them to close the doors, then five seconds after we set out, the train came to an abrupt stop. The doors stayed closed; the loudspeaker mute. Oddly, I wasn’t concerned, and after about 5 minutes, we were underway.

At 72nd street, we stopped again, this time with the doors open. The conductor eventually announced that we were “momentarily delayed while personnel investigate a suspicious package on the train.”

What to do? Assume it’s nothing? I had a seat and a book. Wait to get blown up? When the conductor went on to suggest that “as an alternative, take the 1 local train across the platform,” I left the train. Tomorrow is the anniversary of the London Underground bombings. You never know.

But the 1 train closed its door before I could get to it, so I was left on the overheated platform, with all the other people who had left the train. Should I get back on the 2? Standing on the platform wasn’t going to protect me if there was a explosion, and at least the 2 had air conditioning.

In the end, I waited for the next 1 train, and was 20 minutes late for work. A minor inconvenience. But I can't help but feel it's only a matter of time before it's something more.


Blogger tammara said...

Better-safe-than-sorry can be mighty inconvenient. I wish none of us (especially, in the US, you New Yorkers - I'll give you that) had to think about terrorist possibilities every time we turn around now, but hopefully those suspicions will keep people safer than they would otherwise be.

Zach leaves for NYC (Tisch HS summer program) in 3 days. It's going to be difficult to keep this stuff outta my head for the month that he's there. But I suppose it isn't any worse than having him here, driving. (That's me, trying to be positive.)

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