I should have known when the day started out with plunging a clogged toilet. I woke up in the middle of an ice storm that blanketed most of the country; and my country is large. It was not the foot of snow that we’d been promised on top of the several other feet of snow we’ve had this year, so some small mercies. But not really, because snow does not make you slip over and over as you walk to the train….the train which is now running on a weekend schedule due to the weather, which translates to once per hour. During rush hour to Manhattan. And they had the nerve to charge peak prices.
So, needless to say, the train was a little congested. By the time we’d gotten three stops ahead of mine (which is, fortunately for me, only three stops from the end of the line, so I had a seat), there were so many people jammed into the aisle and cubbies of the train that one of the conductors announced to the other conductors that she was stuck into a cubbyhole and could not open the doors to her cars. She advised that no further stops be made, which would have been just as effective as continuing to stop. But we did continue to stop, which was good, because another stop down, it was announced that there was a passenger on the train with a medical emergency.
If you don’t commute by train in a big city, you might react to this news with some sympathy. The rest of us are made of harder stuff, because inevitably the ambulance and passenger removal will require at least a half an hour of sitting on the track, which also means no trains behind you getting through either. By being so rude as to have your heart attack/stroke/baby on a rush hour train, you have just made thousands of people late for work. And they’re mad at you.
But I wasn’t mad at you, not this morning, because I had a seat. A seat I’d been sitting in for so long by the time we finally pulled into Penn Station that my legs were cramping and I was thinking of very little else than whether or not the bathrooms in Penn Station were going to be clean. Commuter trains are not made for two hour long train rides, which is what it was.
So I went on to the first stop of my day, which was a visit to where our servers are hosted. On the way up in the elevators, power flickered. My elevator dropped. I screamed, but then it stopped, so I told myself to calm down and push the help button. Eventually I got out, with no broken bones. Small mercies. I climbed the other seven flights of stairs to where I was going.
I had two things to do there, one of which was impossible because of the incompetence of a vendor. The other thing was to pick up a box that had taken me several days to make our hosting people admit to having. I said I’d be by at nine to pick it up and they said no problem. I showed up at 9:40, due to all of the above, and no box and no one who knew where the box was. Around 10:20, it was finally delivered to one very irritated bird, leaning against a chain fence with her arms crossed and a glare on her face.
But as I was told, all’s well that ends well. I went from there, trudging through huge icy puddles and slush, to my office. At last, I was planning on using the company Starbucks card (whoohoo, dot com perks) to buy myself a cup of coffee, which would just suit me fine and cheer me up. So, naturally, as I was unfolding the card from its receipt, it went bouncing straight down into the radiator vent.
Hysterics commenced. As did the dismantling of the radiator.
Life improved with coffee. It always does. And yet, there’s still the commute home to consider — we’re going tonight to see another possible wedding venue – the Stewart Manor Country Club. Could we possibly dare to get married there, after such a day?