Wednesday, June 25, 2008

New York Minute

It's a gloriously beautiful day in New York today...bright and sunny but not humid. A perfect day to take a walk at lunch which is what I did. I also stopped to pick up something to eat from my favorite place with the cashier who looks like Santa Claus and acts like it too. He always gives me free treats and always telling jokes. So I was walking back back to work in a good mood thinking about how great New York can be when all of the sudden I and all the other people waiting to cross the street were almost taken out by a speeding cab who was running the red light. That brought me back to reality very quickly!

The moral of this story is to always stay on your toes in New York because the minute you relax or become complacent, this city will try to flatten you like a pancake faster than a New York minute!

Photo by Moi

8 comments:

A Lady said...

Ha! I was almost mowed down by a cab the day my movers arrived with all my belongings. It was a wonderful present from the welcome committee.
My mom arrives in the city tomorrow morning and it is her first time here. I have an entire speech prepared about cabs, pushy people on the subway and the aromas of summertime.

pve design said...

My husband used to work on Madison and witnessed a pedestrian being hit by a taxi. It was one of the worst days for him and he just kept saying, "that could have been me!" Live for the moment, right!

Habitually Chic said...

I think I'm going to stand on the curb from now on instead of walking out into the street to wait to cross like everyone always does! So scary!

Fifi Flowers said...

SCARY! I was a nervous wreck with my two boys (5 & 8 at the time) when I was last there... they wanted to run ahead and push crosswalk buttons and run to the next block... ugh! BE CAREFUL!

On a lighter note...
Nice to hear you still believe in Santa Claus! ;)

Anonymous said...

Cabbies and bicyclists! I was nearly pulverized by a fast-moving messenger on a bike yesterday. Red light? What red light?

Rowena said...

I'm sure everybody was yelling expletives at the fleeing taxicab!

Glad no one was injured, but I can't help but laugh with your closing description, it's a great quote.

Suzy said...

Ha! None of you has been to China I'm guessing... tell me how pushy and rude people are and how dangerous the traffic is in the US once you've been!!

ParisBreakfasts said...

I admit to attempting to swinging my bag out in the way of carooming messenger bikers, but I never quite manage to hit them...cold feet I guess. You get so defensive in this town...ahem

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