This morning I awoke before the sun, left my apartment, and began to walk by:
- The Wicked theatre
- Times Square
- Radio City Music Hall
- 20 stairs
- A homeless man masturbating under a comforter on the subway platform
- 15 more stairs
- The smell of a LOT of urine
- and some eggnog looking vomit
Needless to say it's been a long morning for me already, having awoken at 4:30AM to teach 6:30AM yoga in LES. In Fact, I always forget that people are still just waking up right now, and here I am having my 2nd breakfast (for sure the best meal of the day) at a nearby coffee shop waiting for my next class.
Having just recently spent time in Japan, it is such a culture shock being back in the joys of the New York MTA. Almost every time I return from a vacation readjusting to the subway is always the most difficult thing. The lack of order and cleanliness sucks up any sense of fresh air and freedom you may have acquired. Squishing between people who may or may not acknowledge you and not to mention the hope that the trains are in somewhat normal service:: NEW YORK CITY at its finest.
In Japan, public transit is the cleanest I've ever seen it. Everything is 5 or 6 floors underground with pristine white tiles and waiting areas including spotless bathrooms that make you feel like you're in a hotel. There's a guard during busy times to make sure people do not run onto the trains (which there are signs not to do) paired with the cutest little animal cartoons of cats and rabbits telling you to be safe and follow random transit rules. What's most fascinating, is that the people of Tokyo follow these rules. Everyone walks on the left side, and stands on the right. People move to the sides of the train doors so that others can exit thru the middle before entering. Things that seem so simple to me and are clearly incredibly helpful. Why are these things not in NYC?! It is crazy to me how much waste I see in NYC everywhere, and how even in Japan where there wasn't even trash cans on most of the streets there still was almost zero waste that I remember seeing. The level of order and pride in keeping things clean in Asia was very admirable. As someone that uses public transit, I found the trains in Tokyo to be easy to decipher and clear to get around, and pretty cheap! ($.20-$2 a trip based on distance). Don't waste your money on cabs when you go, it's not worth it.
...As I sit here alternating sips of green tea and green juice, I realize that my iPad is reaching the critical 5% mark. Always lovely.
Well, what a better opportunity to read one of those paper bundle things.... what's that word again? oh right... BOOK! Who are we kidding, there's no books in my backpack. But there is an awesome fountain pen I got from Japan that's just itching to be used! Who wants a letter? :)
Have a wonderful day world.