If I haven’t made this clear, I believe that this strike is too show how strong the transit workers union is, and how easily they can paralyze New York. In the list I have been complying of reasons to leave, this is the final straw. Why? New York’s going to be much more expensive which is damn near impossible but…If the transit workers get their way, it will be precedent for other unions to walk, and somehow I can’t see anybody wanting a teachers strike–but what woman union president was very pro-strike? This sucks. Bush will use it as an excuse to cheat New York even more.
We’re digging our own hole here. And we already have a very large one downtown that we have not recovered from. Stores downtown are closing for good. This is killing the city and any empathy or sympathy I had for transit workers is gone. People deserve to work–everybody not just people with cushioned city jobs–and many transit workers do.
It’s six thirty in the morning and lights have been going on for hours as people prepare to walk to work. Since it’s relatively quiet I can hear my wing’s elevator whirring, it really makes strange noises.
I should volunteer to give out hot chocolate, but I have a bronchial cold, and today’s high is supposed to be 33 degrees. As I have plans for tonight through Monday, I would like to be well.
I know, I know I haven’t been very social lately and I’m not in the most social of moods but I want to see all these people. Of course want might increase proportionately to the odds of not being able to keep all apointments; some have already been cancelled. Tonight was in Tribeca, not a far walk in good weather but not a walk I want to take in freezing weather.
Keep on thinking about all the store clerks and waiters/waitresses who are on their feet all day and have to walk many miles to work and back. It has to be near impossible if they don’t live within three miles. Three miles or 60 city blocks is a good walk. But it’s cold and here near the Hudson windy
Many people in Manhattan have cars but they either pay hundreds of dollars a month in parking garage fees, the tax is seventeen percent alone. Or they’re slaves to alternate side of the street parking.
My cable is out; my cable always go out during emergencies. Fortunately, Kinehorah, the computer cable is still working, and there’s always Starbucks but I have a feeling my Starbucks is going to be packed.
I wish I knew if the strike is going to still be on, on Saturday; I wouldn’t be frantically looking for gifts, and I would get tickets to see Rumor has it The premise is so cool; finding out that your grandmother is Mrs. Robinson and Shirley McClaine is perfect for the role. It would have been even more cool had Anne Bancroft played Mrs. Robinson, a cute movie pun, but….I know I will think of her when I watch it. Anne Bancroft was a great actress. The second Broadway play I saw was The Miracle Worker and she was incredible. It was also a great play for kids to watch. She and Mel Brooks did a movie about a Polish, I think, acting troop that was a laugh a second
I could get tickets to plays, probably easily, and might get one to see Mike Leigh’s new play with Jennifer Jason Leigh. I will as I will go to museums, and do touristy things but probably everybody else has the same idea, and I hope that this doesn’t dissuade tourists from coming in.
My Times came at 3:30 this morning. I guess he has to finish by five. Gawd I really have to remember to tip him this year. But now I have to go back to sleep as it really is a snow/minor sick day for me.
There was an article in The Times on Sunday on how artists can’t afford to live in NY anymore. They usually require space.
Writers require little space. Writers with families require more. Here’s a link to an article in Slate on how unnaffordable that is becoming. Actually it talks about reporters in specific who have other skills and could get better jobs
I really don’t think my Masters in Social Work translates to much money anywhere. And yes I get very angry at the MTA employees who do make more money, have better benefits.
I resent the superiority of a union that couldn’t wait until after New Years or better until spring. It used to be a dangerous job; it’s not anymore.
I resent how Social Workers are supposed to work in sub-par conditions, retire at 65, if lucky because their salaries are too low to make retirement comfortable. People begin screaming when babies are found dead or abused. It’s always the social worker’s fault. Tried finding salary scales for city workers. Little difficult–and it’s a great website.
If they get what they want the next union to go out will be the teachers union who want to cut back retirement age to 55. Yes teaching is important, yes people sacrifice but damn, so do other people. Sorry to be so hung up on this. But it’s okay for me to make little money because my profession has a funny name “social work,” but not okay for anybody else?
We have never recovered from 9/11 and at this rate never will.
Oh let me go before I lose the five remaining people who still like me