Day Thirty-Six: Bodegas and Blasphemy



I was riding on the subway in Bronx for the first time today. I have to admit, compared to the stations in Queens and Manhattan (which are already pretty run-down in a lot of areas) most of the stations I saw were downright horrid. Now, don't get me wrong, I love NYC and almost every aspect of its hurried, incredibly rapid pace of life. However, there are quite a few things that get on my nerves and the disgusting state of the public facilities in the poorer sections of the city are some of them.

Some other things about the city that bother me:

Tourists calling it the "Big Apple"
I know it's the proper term and all, but I always get the feeling that they're mocking us, in some sort of subtle, convoluted way. I don't know, maybe it's just me. I always thought of it like when people intentionally slur "Beijing" and it comes out "BAY-tsing." Even I'm getting goosebumps hearing that in my head.

The length of time it takes to pave roads.
To be honest, these construction projects can stretch on for years. Literally. I've seen barely-miles of road in working process for over three years before.

How summers turn into winters.
The seasons have always fluctuated, but there's nothing like New York weather, especially when the school year's starting and you're already getting a cold.

Pronunciations
People always ask me to say "coffee," "dog," "talk," and "walk." Oh, and occasionally "Staten Island."

Houston St. vs. Houston, Texas
There's actually a difference in pronunciation. Similar to the issue above, but now reversed. If only tourists would learn!

The price of food downtown
I love all of the sophisticated and chic eateries downtown, but the prices kill me. $10 for a lunch at Shake Shack actually sounds like a good deal, now.

Do you guys have any other anecdotes to share about pet peeves and whatnot? Leave a comment below and I'll be sure to get back to you!

The Day's Eats
Breakfast: Cream cheese bagel and orange juice
Lunch: Tuna salad wrap and bean salad
Dinner: Fish sandwich and melons


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