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December 20, 2005
Strike, Struck, Stunk
Oy vey. Another night of waiting up until all hours, waiting for the transit verdict. I keep wondering how long this strike will actually last. At work, we have to take vacation days if we do not come in; I am taking today as a free day, however if this stretches past tomorrow, I will need to find some way to get from Red Hook, Brooklyn to Harlem. Look for me squished into a four-person car somewhere, or perhaps swaddled in scarves humping my bike across the Brooklyn Bridge.
Our biggest concern, however, is how we will get out on Friday for the holidays. Something tells me that Amtrak will be even less pleasurable than usual on the eve of Christmas Eve. Furthermore, Alexis seems to think that we will carry our presents in sacks across the bridge to Penn Station. Ho ho! Ho motherfucking ho. No.
Posted by callalillie at December 20, 2005 8:55 AM | City Life
I'm seeing a four-cat open sleigh...
Posted by: mollysusie at December 20, 2005 10:23 AM
that's a long ass bike ride. and it's kind of cold out.
Posted by: tien at December 20, 2005 11:10 AM
The prospect of the strike was appealing last week on a friday - but now that we're in the mix of it all, it seems rather annoying and frustrating. Being in Greenpoint makes it rather difficult for me to get to any of my company's temporary bus stops - Astoria Park? What?!! It'll take me an hour to get there.
Posted by: Manuchao at December 20, 2005 11:44 AM
I am home today (I am allowed to 'work' from home for one day after which I need to schlep my ass to columbus and 81st (bike I am thinking). You need to go even further - oy.
Yes - we too are imagining a hectic christmas eve departure. Where are you going via Amtrak? We are taking a late afternoon train from Penn to Syracuse NY - this strike however is reducing the odds of folks getting presents as we have not even shopped yet.
Posted by: tiya at December 20, 2005 12:34 PM
My boss seems to be ok with me working from home as long as I can, which is doable as the majority of my work for this week is audio based and can be accomplished at my desk.
We're heading to Saratoga...supposed to leave on a 5:45 train on Friday. My guess is that we should leave early in the morning in order to get on line!
Posted by: corie at December 20, 2005 2:47 PM
I can't imagine a transit strike in New York - must be horrendous. It was tough enough to deal with a strike in our smaller city of Victoria BC - there was much hitch-hiking, walking for hours and biking. The strangest thing was that many of the bus drivers opposed to the strike were driving around in their cars picking up people at bus stops.
Posted by: leah at December 20, 2005 3:37 PM
it's good that they are ok with you working from home as long as it takes -that's much better than trying to figure out to get from red hook to harlem - i mean something about that just sounds crazy!
Posted by: jenn at December 20, 2005 5:29 PM
You know - my mom just pointed out I could take the LIRR from Atlantic Ave to Penn Station - that's still running right? Maybe that is an option for Saturday??
Posted by: Tiya at December 20, 2005 5:33 PM
Actually, you have to take the Atlantic Ave train to Jamaica and then to Penn, I think. We walked by there today-- the lines were neverending! But it is an option. I think that they are supposed to increase service tomorrow.
Posted by: corie at December 20, 2005 5:39 PM
A four-cat open sleigh? Hee. But seriously, what will become of the furry foursome while you're out?
Posted by: Divaah46 at December 20, 2005 7:21 PM
I was going to suggest the Water Taxi! But then I looked at their site, and they are no help at all!!
Posted by: beth at December 20, 2005 8:29 PM