In New York you spend a lot of time waiting for the train. Even though they come every couple minutes you will inevitably lose a sizable chunk of your life just sitting and waiting.
There are several things that you can do to pass the time while you wait, if you’re by yourself that is. If you’re not, I suppose you should talk to the people you’re with, though depending on your company, that’s debatable.
Your first option, and my personal favorite, is to people watch and make fun of them in your head. For example, this morning I saw a woman walk past me with really short pants, so in my head I said “Hahaha – look at short pants!” I’m witty and mature.
Another option is to play games on your cell phone. This is always good if you want to fool people into thinking that you’re checking emails and doing things like Someone Of Importance.
A solid third time waster is to check out all the ads that line the walls. I do this because I work in advertising and I like to act like I care about my job, but also because I sometimes come across quality items like this:
I know it’s crappy, but I didn’t exactly want everyone around me thinking that I needed to remember this number so badly that I had to take a picture.
If you can’t make it out, the ad is for a podiatrist who has some kind of revolutionary bunion removal technique. It says “As Seen On TV” but I haven’t seen it. Though I will be staying up all night tonight in hopes of catching the infomercial.
My favorite part of this ad though is clearly the copy reading “Free Consultation.”
I love how they think that’s an enticing move on their part. Listen, no one goes to the podiatrist and ends up leaving thinking, “Huh, must’ve just been some lint!”
You simply do not go if nothing is already wrong. I don’t know about you, but I never look down at my foot and think, “Everything looks great! I better get to the doctor.” If you’re going to a foot specialist, there is something wrong with your foot. Giving people a free first look is not exactly spicing up the deal.
But at least it’s entertaining, right?
There’s only so many things you can do while waiting for the train before you get bored out of your skull.
I guess you could be productive and start a to do list and so forth, but I think insulting people, playing PapiJump and looking at stupid ads is much more fun. I like to think it adds character. Or something like that.