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Friday, April 22, 2005

Bright Friday

I had a 9:30 a.m. telephone interview for a real estate story I'm writing for The Star-Ledger so I had to get up and come to work at the unholy hour of 9:20 a.m. The subway always has a different class of commuter for different times of the morning.

In the early morning, like the 8:00 a.m. hour and before, you have a mix of blue collar workers and eager business types and Wall Streeters (except there aren't many Wall Streeters on the L train). Then around 9:00 a.m. it's full of regular office workers, file clerks, mail room guys, etc. At 10:00 a.m. the media and publishing workers get going. That's especially evident on the L-train. Sometimes it's almost funny to see the bleary eyes and disheveled hair of the hipsters, sipping coffee and getting their bagels tangled up in their iPod headphone wires. Regular work can be such a drag for an artist at heart, believe me.

Although there are not infrequent clashes between frustrated people on the L train, the class warfare plays out more on the uptown/downtown lines than the crosstown lines. On the six train, for example, you will definitely have a Wall Street titan-in-training rubbing up against a drywall guy, with occasional disasterous results.

Today is a lovely day, and my fellow commuters were in good spirits. Nobody flipped out.

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