August 31, 2004
Heart of Darkness
My day job is on 31st Street, between 6th and 7th Avenues. This means I am right in the *&$#@ middle of the mess from the RNC. Yesterday was bad enough: I had to show ID to walk onto 31st from 6th Avenue. There were cops and National Guardsmen everywhere (nothing makes me feel safer than seeing eleventy-million guns all over the place).
Today was complete idiocy. I wasn't allowed to cross 31st street to get to the south side, where my office is. I (along with about 15 others) was made to cross east over 6th Avenue, south over 31st, west over 6th Avenue, and only then was I allowed to show my ID to a cop so I could get to my office. Freakin' nightmare, I tell you!
On the plus side, the trains are practically empty. And our building owners provided free coffee and bagels to apologize for the inconvenience of the RNC. On the negative side, I am near the epicenter of evil -- free coffee doesn't really make up for this!
Posted by Rose at August 31, 2004 11:54 AM
You have my sincerest sympathies. The first time I ever went to Europe, all the police in the airport carried pretty heavy weaponry. It was very intimidating since I'm not used to seeing semi-automatic weapons over the shoulders of our policemen. And dubya has the gall to ask if I'm safer today than I was 4 years ago. Good luck with the new store.
Posted by: Joe at September 1, 2004 10:09 AM