Another Year, Another Disaster

I was a little surprised to get a phone call from a friend in California this morning wanting to know how Beth and I were handling the transit strike. I hadn’t thought much about it, even though we don’t own a car and both depend on public transit. Frankly compared to some of the other things New York’s been through this millenium, this is small potatoes. The electricity is on and the Internet works, which means many of us can work, even if we can’t get to work. Stores are open and stocked, as are most businesses. At worst they’re a little short staffed.

Many people are taking what amounts to an extra day or two of vacation at Christmas for just lounging around the house. Beth will probably skip work tomorrow. My CS 920 final exam on Thursday may be postponed, but the university decided to do that, not me. If it were up to me, I would have given it as scheduled.

I’ll probably postpone rescheduling the doctor’s appointment I missed yesterday, and it may be a week or two before I can get back out to Jamaica Bay to look for the Redheads that have been reported there lately. Instead I’ll probably spend a little more birding time in Prospect Park. I may do my final Christmas shopping in Brooklyn instead of Manhattan. Otherwise it’s business as usual.

One Response to “Another Year, Another Disaster”

  1. John Cowan Says:

    It’s been a bit harder on me. I had a job interview to go to yesterday, which led me to walking about six miles, rather more than I do on normal days. Today I’m strongly considering postponing a dentist’s appointment that would require a (total) walk of about eight miles. If I can get a cab, and I don’t know how likely or unlikely that is, I’ll go, otherwise not.

    This is all within Manhattan, mind you. Going to another borough would be entirely out of the question.

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