Money, MTA, Taxis
I'm trying to save money. This, of course, is a mild joke, seeing that I live in Manhattan and am paid Manhattan wages-not Wall Street Manhattan wages, but, struggling, pathetic Manhattan wages.
At first, I was buying $76 monthly subway cards that would allow me to ride the bus or subway anytime all the time. I was hopeful that I'd be really really amazing and only take the subway or bus to work. But the bottom line is, when I'm lying in bed, it's 3pm and I have to get up right THEN or have an hour more sleep and take a cab to work..I just think to myself, "this hour of sleep is worth $9." Then I proceed to toss and turn for an hour, being mad at myself for not getting up so I can take the bus and spend $2 instead of $9. Which adds up, let me tell you.
I love my metro card. The freedom it affords me. I love it. But mostly when time is not an issue and I'm going ridiculously far uptown or into Brooklyn or something. The bus and I have become friends this week. And I'm rollerblading to work today.
I like doing that because one of my perks at work is this: we have a spa. So I rollerblade to work, thusly getting some sort of physical exercise (now I just need the intellectual stimulation and I'm on my way), then I take a steam and a shower and get to work. It's a good system.
I like taxis, too. Riding in one is kind of a forced isolation and allows you to look at the outside world alone and critically. Riding across the Williamsburg Bridge, alone, in a taxi, does wonders for the brain.
Goodbye $76 metro cards. Hello pay as-you-go metro cards, taxies and rollerblades.