Notes on Day One

Posted on July 8th, by James McAllen in Uncategorized. 3 comments

  • If you have cats, you don’t need an alarm. They wake you up every 15 minutes.
  • It’s way more fun to go to bed at 5:30am, than it is to wake up at 5:30am.
  • Taking a shower at 6am in 90 degree weather is a pleasant experience. Not sure if I want to do it in February.
  • If you happen to be a large, middle-age man, you will not be able to close that top button on a humid day. I almost choked myself to death.
  • I may not look as good on the beach anymore, but put me in a shirt and tie with jeans… and I’m fucking HOT!
  • The South Ferry station on the 1 train may be the hottest place on earth. If you stood there for more than 15 minutes. You might pass out.
  • If you’re looking sharp in your jeans and tie when you walk on the South Ferry platform, you look like just another fat, middle age guy by the time the train comes.
  • Not matter how hard you try, the picture they take for your ID badge is going to look ridiculous. ย Mine looks like a beachball with a goatee.
  • If you use your cell phone as a back-up alarm clock… your phone dies at 2:30 pm.
  • There are a LOT of women in the city during the daytime. (I know this seems obvious, but I’ve been working nights for 25 years. The last 6 in NJ.)
  • It’s way too hot to stand outside and watch women walk by during lunch.
  • A lot of people buy their lunch from those Halal and Falafel wagons on Hudson street.
  • Everyone is friendly to the new guy on the first day.
  • I have a very strange ability to detect the presence of celebrities, no matter how obscure they are. As soon as I got on the downtown 1 train at 5pm, my spidey-sense went off. I looked up and saw that I was sitting across from Paul Giamatti (Sideways). My brain started racing as I thought of ways to engage him. I wanted to kill myself for not having a copy of the book with me. He was reading a book that had to have 1000 pages in it. As I got off, I handed him a business card. “You look like you need a bookmark for that” says I. He looks at me. He looks at the card. “You do good work,” says I. He says, “Thanks.” As the train doors close, I watch him read the card, and them put it in his bag. I silently pump my fist. Thats a home run. A good day just turned great.
  • When I got home, I wanted to get something to eat and relax, but Bina and Christine were having an event at the Bookmark Shoppe. I promised to support them, so I threw on my sneakers and headed out to 84th street. Gotta support the locals. Came home with my tail wagging. It was a great day.
  • Oh yeah. The job was pretty good too. Going back for Day two.



3 thoughts on “Notes on Day One

  1. It seems like your first day at work went well. I discovered your blog from a link at the Bookmarke Shoppe (think I spelled that like the Brits; is that how they spell it?), fellow Bay Ridger, and like to read local blogs. If you are interested in reading a different type of blog, check out my
    Hope day 2 went well.

  2. I wait for the uptown 1 train @ South Ferry every week day morning. It is hot & when the train pulls in its worse. Glad ur first day was good.

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