Monday, December 19, 2005

Stir Crazy

I'm watching Fox News right now, which goes against every fiber of my being, but they hands down won the Most Exciting Transit Strike Graphic contest. In the lower right corner of the screen there's a TRANSIT STRIKE COUNTDOWN clock that's actually ticking off the seconds until midnight like it's New Year's and we're all going to make out and get drunk in one hour, four minutes, and fifteen (fourteen, thirteen) seconds.

At midnight, I win an undetermined sentence in Brooklyn. Big money!

I don't know if this is even a blip on the radar outside my five boroughs, but the entire New York City transit system is pretty much guaranteed to grind to a halt at midnight. I'm actually really into union politics; I remember my dad going to union meetings my entire life, and their deliberations always guaranteed he would be home to late for dinner. There's something turn of the century, Norma-Rae-fabulous about unions. I mean, I just heard this from the TWU leader: "We're not afraid of any rats in the subway...and we're not afraid of any rats above the subway either!"

Can I get an amen? And a giant, inflatable rodent?

Stuff like that is almost worth the horrendous inconvenience of not being able to leave this borough unless Brad and I pick up at least two hitchikers in his car. No bridge is allowed to let people across to Manhattan with fewer than four people in their vehicle, which is making me feel more than a little like Rapunzel in the tower. Castles are great and all, and so is Brooklyn until you're locked in.

kathy : TRANSIT STRIKE!
kathy : TRANSIT STRIKE!
kathy : EVERYBODY COUNT DOWN LIKE IT'S NEW YEARS!
chris the little brother : it's a full on strike now?
kathy : no
chris the little brother: ...
kathy : but the news has nothing else to do
kathy : besides count down
kathy : to the
kathy : TRANSIT STRIKE!
kathy : TRANSIT STRIKE!
kathy : GET DOWN!
kathy : THE STRIKE IS GONNA GETCHA!
chris the little brother : oh man, i gotta see this
kathy : fox five is pretty great
kathy : they have an ACTUAL TICKING CLOCK
kathy : oh they did
kathy : until they broke back into seinfeld
chris the little brother : aww
kathy : they'll come back
kathy : and rosanna scotto will blink her big vacant eyes
kathy : and countdown to the TRANSIT STRIKE!

chris the little brother : i hope they bring the clock back
kathy : BILLIE JEAN IS NOT MY TRANSIT STRIKE!
kathy : LIKE A TRANSIT STRIKE! TOUCHED FOR THE VERY FIRST TIME!
chris the little brother : ahaha
kathy : blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah TRANSIT STRIKE!
kathy : (that's the macarena)
chris the little brother : i haven't heard that in years
chris the little brother : well, before they played it in the store for no reason

kathy : DOWN DOOOBY DO DOWN TRANSIT STRIKE!
chris the little brother : you're giving fox ideas, they own like half the internet
chris the little brother : watch, that'll be on the news next

3 Comments:

Anonymous stupidboy said...

If you like transport strikes you should come to Dublin. We have them all the time. Electric company strikes are way more fun though.

6:24 AM  
Anonymous Mike said...

You'd think the inflated rats would be a good idea, but a group of anti-Walmart protestors used those in relation to a ballot initiative and the results were confusing at best. I was walking down Main Street and see 2 giant rats without much of a context. I then saw to bedraggled gentlemen discussing something and referencing the rats with their hands. One of them was holding a sign that read "Walm-RAT".

The ballot measure was soundly defeated in November.

3:06 PM  
Blogger What'sHerFace said...

I just love that there is some company, somewhere, that makes their living fabricating giant blowup rats for union strikes. Is that really necessary? As an industry?

3:33 PM  

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