Last night on my way home from work my headphones for my iPhone broke, which means I have been commuting without my music and that means I’m slowly losing my mind.
Trying to navigate your daily life in New York without your music is like going to see a Wayans brothers movie – if you care about your mental health at all, you just don’t do it.
Because I don’t have my music, I get to listen to The Sounds Of The City while on the train, and believe me the sounds are not pretty.
Anyone who doesn’t live in the city, imagine for just one minute that when you climbed into your car to go to and from work, it was jam packed with complete strangers, some of whom have less respect for deodorant than you do.
That is what life in New York is like.
Every second of my life I am surrounded by strangers, no matter where I am, no matter what I’m doing – there is always someone else right next to me.
That’s why I’m not friendly. That’s why I don’t say “Hello Sam!” to Sam’s dumbass every time I see him. If I tried to be friendly to every single person I came in contact with I would end up killing myself.
And that’s why having music is so vital to making it through my day.
Just last night I had to listen to one guy tell his friend or coworker or whoever-the-fuck that he lived close to the 14th street stop on the L. And oh my was his friend jealous! In fact, would you like to know what he said??? I bet you do! He told his friend, “That’s sweet man. So it only takes you about ten minutes to get to the office? That’s so much faster than me.” Isn’t that just great???
So now because I don’t have my fucking headphones that cost more than I can admit without you looking at me with Judging Eyes, I know that this dude who lives near 14th street also lives close to his office.
Of course I don’t have time to get new headphones today, so I can’t wait to hear everyone else’s conversations on my way home tonight. Maybe one of them will be about a crazy dream someone had last night! Or better yet, someone can talk about how their kid did in school today. Yes. That would be just great.
People make me so fucking happy!