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I Love Train Delays.  I guess I’m outnumbered among New Yorkers. In a city where speed-walking is the norm and takeout is standard fare for lunch because it saves time to work at your desk, I find myself getting caught up in the whirlwind of the day.  With my brain trying to do so many things at once, I’m past exhausted by the time I pack up my bags to head home. Read More
So people everywhere are still annoyed by guys occupying waaay too much space on the train. You may remember the blog: Men Taking Up Too Much Space On The Train from this past September. This is a particularly real issue on NYC public transit because the ceiling handles are positioned just 6 inches out of my 5’4’’ reach.  Brooklyn resident and writer, Jenna Clark Embrey, took it upon herself to publish an open letter to men on the subway through McSweeney’s Publishing House. Read More
In high school, my best friend and I would practice making the “crazy person face” to deter people from sitting next to us when we traveled alone. My mother has always told me that people will always sit next to young women on planes and trains because they feel they have a right to get all up in our personal space. “Wait until you get older; they’ll respect you more,” she would tell me. For some reason, the majority of people are more comfortable sitting next to women on public transportation. Read More
There is one global epidemic that has yet to be classified by the World Health Organization. You probably see it everywhere, every day and never realize it! Its symptoms include a slouched posture, spread knees, and an iPhone that is likely opened to the final level of Angry Birds. The official diagnosis? Men Taking Up Too Much Space on the Train-itosis. One fantastic tumblr has taken it upon themselves to document this horrible condition so that people around the world can know that they are not alone in the struggle. Here are a few prime examples of the footage (be warned... Read More
While Laurie is already on the West Coast (she had a wedding there this weekend), I am just starting my trip to our first stop: Seattle. I'm travelling cross country by train, which I've been doing pretty frequently for the past 12 years -- in fact, the very first time I ever did was for the book tour for the first BUST book, back in 1999. Anyway, the first part of this 3-day journey is an overnite train trip from NYC to Chicago -- all of Amtrak's trains that go to cities on the West Coast (Seattle, Portland, San Francisco and Los Angeles) originate in that windy city. Read More