How Far Have YOU Walked Today?
After getting over the initial shock of the fact that it had been nearly a month since my last post, I thought that the last few days certainly required some sort of acknowledgement. Plus, I noticed that Malia had made a triumphant return to the blogging world and I thought that I should do the same.
The image to the left here pretty much exemplifies what life has been like as a New Yorker since we all awoke to the news Tuesday morning to find that the TWU had gone on strike. It's the first strike in 25 years for the Union. There have been several events in recent history that have symbolized the resilience of the people of New York City. The tragic events of 9/11, the blackout that occurred a couple of years ago. And now, a transit strike. 7 million people walking miles to get where you need to go, in 20 degree weather. For 3 days now I have made the long walk over the Williamsburg Bridge out of Brooklyn and into Manhattan. Thankfully I was able to catch a bad for at least part of the 4 mile walk up to midtown where I work. It's been an amazing time to be in New York and, God knows, it's not over yet. The union and the MTA appear to still be very far apart in negotiations. I won't get into detail about what the fight is over, as I am sure most of you know or can guess, but here's hoping that it ends soon. It's estimated (by Mayor Bloomberg) that the city loses $400 million a day due to the strike and I would believe it. Many businesses are closing early, not just because of a lack of customers, but because some of their employees are too far out in the boroughs to make it in to work.
Fingers crossed, this will be over by the time I return from the weekend. Or, I should say, fingers crossed that I can even get out of the city this afternoon when work is done. We shall see. All to say that 12 hours from now I'll be out of the city for a few days and I am very much looking forward to it. Home tonight, back to Nana's tomorrow morning. It will be a whirlwind, no doubt, but that's okay. It'll be nice to be surrounded by family. I feel very fortunate that Nana is still around and that we are all able to be together in the same way that we have been since the year I was born. We are certainly creatures of habit, and there is something to be said for family traditions.
Perhaps more later, as I have been up since 3:30AM and will continue to be until I arrive at home tonight.
But, for now, in the tradition of one of my fellow bloggers and Wayside family members:
What I Learned Last Week: It always hurts to say "No." to the people you love. (you know who you are)