Frankie, Sofie, and the trolleys
Had to work over the weekend so I found myself in the middle of Brooklyn early Saturday morning. The nature of mass transit here in NYC is that: (a) there’s a lot of track work over the weekends and (b) it’s nearly impossible to go from Brooklyn to Queens without first going into Manhattan.
The former means that trips that usually take an hour take twice as long.
The latter is just a constant annoyance because that initial trip shouldn’t take an hour in the first place.
There was a great article written about this time last year called A Very Brief History of Why It’s So Hard to Get From Brooklyn to Queens that says that we used to have a really extensive trolley system here in NYC but these were destroyed by corporations that wanted to create a bus system instead.
The short-term greed of a handful of men has resulted in decades of wasted time and money for millions.
That’s probably why I enjoy history so much, because so much of the past still affects our lives to this day, we just don’t know it.
Right now I’m reading about Franz and Sophie Ferdinand and I am amazed how one couple’s death changed the world so profoundly.
In any case, made it home in time drive my dad to the supermarket, pick my brother up from the airport, and see my sister and her kid. Pretty full family weekend.
Right now, I’m back in Manhattan but I have to go to midtown to argue with someone over a bill, then the gym, then out to Long Island for some more work.
I’m traveling a lot. Just don’t know if I’m going anywhere.
Music: been traveling a hard road Had been looking for someone
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