This morning in NY, there were “wicked” storms that woke me up early, which sucked since I had gotten to bed at 3am and had to be back at work at 12PM for a staff meeting. I got up, showered, dressed and caught the 10:40AM LIRR to Penn. Station. I was oblivious to the massive flooding that had resulted from the torrential downpours earlier. Yeah, I know, I should listen to 1010WINS and get news, weather and traffic reports, but in case you didn’t know, I don’t listen to the radio…and the bottom line is this, if I knew about the chaos awaiting me at Penn, I would have just had anxiety about the inevitable mess I would have to deal with. Ignorance is bliss.
I arrive at Penn at 11:35AM and discover that there is no subway service on any line because basically, they are underwater...great…I now realize that I’m in a deep mess. I’m in my business clothes, wearing dress shoes and the humidity is 100%. Oh, and the masses of people around me all want the same thing, transportation to their destination. I join the exodus from the tunnels of Penn Station and as I hit 34th & 7th I’m crushed by a wall of jungle heat that belongs in a tropical rain forest. OK, what would Indiana Jones do?...right…I need a cab…oh…so do the thousands of people around me. Yeah, but I’m going to get one, how?...I’ve got a plan. I quickly get away from 34th street and head uptown. I’m looking for cab, aha, at 37th street I see one, it is empty, yikes, a middle aged man in a business suit and briefcase approaches my cab, I see the cabbie shaking his head no, he walks away, I swoop in, the cabbie says he is going on a break and I say, “I’ll give you 20 bucks to take me to 66th & Columbus”, he replies, “get in”. In 15 minutes I’m at work, nice and cool since the cab was air-conditioned, I give the cabbie his 20 bucks, he’s happy, I’m happy, disaster thwarted.