Thought of the Day: MTA


I was riding the subway the other day and saw a public service announcement from New York City’s Metropolitan Transit Authority. It informed me that 141 people were struck by its trains in 2012. And that 55 of them were killed.

Frankly, I think that the trains could do better. Those things can reach speeds of 55-60 MPH. A 39 percent kill rate is simply unacceptable. As a loyal commuter, I expect improvement.

Overheard in NYC

shellcase1) While walking through the Union Square holiday market, which was well worth the visit, I overheard one of the shopkeepers telling a potential customer:

“All of our jewelry is made from scrap metal from shell casings from Vietnam.”

OK, I can see how that might be a selling-point in a pro-planet, peace-loving sort of way. But it seems like importing metal from Vietnam to New York City would be cost-prohibitive, not to mention the fact that the Vietnam War ended almost 40 years ago. Kind of strange, don’t ya think?

hotpock2) Riding the subway (the 6 train), I overheard a woman explaining chicken cordon bleu to her 13 year-old daughter’s friend:

“It’s like a ham and cheese Hot Pocket but with breaded chicken instead of dough. You toss that in the toaster oven and, let me tell you, it’s the bomb.”

The bomb? Yes, chicken cordon bleu in the toaster oven is, like Hot Pockets, the proverbial bomb. And, yes, that was a grown woman, a mother, explaining a culinary staple in terms of frozen snacks and toaster ovens. The human race is doomed.

Drunk History?


Wait a minute…that’s not how I don’t remember it!

I spotted these ads in the subway last week. I haven’t watched this new show on Comedy Central. And as much as I love a good laugh, far too many of us are woefully ignorant of our history, so it worries me that people might get confused about the difference between entertainment and history – like some seem to have with Ollie Stone’s JFK.

Look, I’m all for drinking…and comedy. And I hate to be a buzzkill. But given that primetime television has been treating zombies as a legitimate threat, I’m not sure it’s wise to be making mockumentaries about historical incidents until we have a populace sufficiently educated to know the difference.