Wednesday

I arrived at the subway station this morning only to be informed by an exasperated policeman that the subways weren't running due to the rain.

Riiiight. I thought. Rain. That's probably code for terrorist activity.

But back at my apartment I discovered all of the local news outlets were telling the same lie--which probably meant it was true. Rain had virtually shut down the entire subway system of New York City. Rain.

So now I am sitting in my pajamas and trying really hard to relax. But I keep calling my co-workers to make sure that they're "relaxing" too, not going to work and making me look bad.

Update: I am at work. When your co-worker, who takes the same subway as you, calls to tell you it's running (as though you would be happy to hear this news) it's time to disentangle from Re-Boyfriend and run a brush through your hair. I am NOT pleased.

14 comments:

PretaMulatta said...

same here. sometimes your prayers get answered... i drank ENTIRELY too much last night & contemplated taking the day off when my head hit the pillow last night.

getting 2 the station 2 realise i couldnt go in actually felt great!

Bittersweet Confusion said...

After 3 trains and 12 blocks walked I finally got to work... Only reason is because procrastination gave me a to do list a mile long before my vacation starts tomorrow.

Mal said...

It's an adult version of a snow day. Or is it an rain version of a snow day? Any way enjoy the day off, just make sure they don't count it towards your sick/ personal/ vaction days. After all it is an act of God, and if that excuse is good enough for the insurance companies, it's good enough for you.

William said...

Not being from a city with subways, how does rain shut down a subway?

CJ said...

we don't get rain days in Seattle... but we DO get snow days

I'm a little bit jealous of you NYers... but then again... not really, it's not like you can go anywhere to enjoy your "day off"

Princess of the Universe said...

Uh yeah, call me an ignorant Canadian and all, but aren't subways underground?? How would the rain shut them down?

Mal said...

Two ways that rain can effect the subways. 1 is the water does seep in and can cause flooding in some spots and two and more importantly, the subways are electric. Water and the third rail don't get along to well and shorts and complete shut downs do happen. (The 3rd rail is the power rail.) Hope that helps all the non-NYers who are wondering.

DevilsHeaven said...

Geez, I had an adult snow day due my office not having power, and some people STILL went in and did "Filing". Not having public transit would so not fly as an excuse. Take the bus,or drive your car. That's how it works in the mid-west.

the damn boy said...

Yea, here we have power cuts. So, "Yay! No work! The electricity is gone." Then we die from the heat.

Which is worse?

Anonymous said...

@devilsheaven

In New York noone really owns a car so that's not an option. And when the subway doesn't run, the traffic becomes so horrendous due to the extra few people that do own cars, that it's kind of pointless trying to get a cab. Seriously, you just sit there. You don't even move.

Bittersweet Confusion said...

Re: the Update

That was your coworker's way of saying "If I have to be here... so do you?" I would put exlax in her coffee tommorow...

Yoffi said...

If that happened to me I'd staple their face to the sliding door - if you're lucky enough to have the transport shut down due to RAIN then they could at least have the decency to keep their fat mouth shut re: it running again.

bad sarah said...

Being the "dedicated" employee that I am (read: my vacation days don't become active until October), I walked TWO MILES into Queens (note: I live in Brooklyn) to catch the 7 train and go to work.

Good thing too, because when I got there the CEO was being a real dick about the people who couldn't make it in--like the ones who live upstate--saying they should be charged vacation time.

Had to make up the hour I missed too. I guess walking through an industrial park in 90 degree heat doesn't count as "work" :P

Malaika said...

The subways system is underground, part of it below sea level. Because of this, they have to pump out 13 million gallons of water (or more depending on the weather) every single day. The pump system seems to be in disrepair right now though. They can't pump the water out fast enough, or maybe efficiently enough...i dunno. But the end result is that the tunnels flood.

I heard a guy say sometime last month that if they stopped pumping the water from the tunnels, it would take some absurdly short amount of time for the infrastructure to break down and a large portion of the city to become the river it once was.