The Great Transit Strike of 2005
The Daily News headline says it all. Welcome to New York City, four days before Christmas, where an estimated 7 million people have been forced to walk up and down the largest city in the US in an effort to avoid traffic being caused by an additional 2 million cars trying to squeeze into a 17-mile island. Oh, and did I mention it's about 25 degrees outside? Thanks to this wretchedly horrible labor dispute between the Transit Workers Union (TWU) and the Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA), 12 million people have to endure hardship on their way to work over greed. (Depending on who you ask, both sides of the strike are equally hated.)
Now, while I side with the TWU on this whole thing, I'm not going to turn this blog entry into a political rant or anything. Personally, the only thing I care about is that the strike is over. I can only hope that the TWU gets the money that they are rightfully owed after holding out for so long on getting real raises after 9/11, and that they are financially appreciated and respected for keeping the world's largest transit system running 24-hours a day. However, if they don't, womp, womp. At least they tried. I mean, it's not like I'm getting any money out of it, y'know?
Whatever the case may be, we need this transit system back up and running again. They messin' with my vacation!
So, here I am, back in NYC after making a mad dash escape from Syracuse for Christmas. I escaped blizzards, single-digit Arctic temperatures, and an empty refrigerator, only to come to this!! A crippled city!!! However, as a New Yorker, we have all learned to roll with the punches and take hardship in stride. With that said, one must look at the lighter side of this transit strike. Take for instance, this t-shirt, released and ready for sale even before the blisters on everyone's feet have healed after the 10-mile walks they had to endure to get to work:
Another great place for a laugh during your lunch break is Craigslist's personals section. Always an interesting read, today's personals have that oh-so wonderful "Transit Strike" theme: (links can be rather... adult in content...)
Hot girl needs a ride to work. Will finger my kitty while you drive - 24 (Ditmars Astoria)
Any cute Black guys walking over the Brooklyn Bridge tonight? - 27 (Wall Street)
Home, horney and high: Transit strike - m4w - 31 (Jersey City/ Hoboken Area)
Stuck in the heights due to the strike?
Let's trade rides. - m4w - 33 (my car)
Ride on this for free - 25 (south queens/li border/bk) pic
Seeking a Woman for Transit $trike Head - m4w - 26 (Wall Street)
good cocksuckers make good neighbors/ TRANSIT STRIKE SEX - 35 (west 20s near penn)
Strike is on, let's make a day of it - 27 (morgan off L)
And my personal favorite:
Transit strike: Give me head.. I'll drive you where you need to go - m - 29 (Kew Garden Hills)
So, hey, just because there's a train strike, it doesn't mean that at the very least, you won't be able to find someone to catch a "ride" from?
Yes...you gotta love NYC. :-)
Big shout-out to Gawker for covering the strike in "blogging" detail today.