Late August Lessons

I am convinced that real New Yorkers leave the city during the last two weeks of August. My office is eerily quiet, and almost everyone in my group is on vacation until the Tuesday after Labor Day.
Only the lowly dregs like me are here to hold down the fort while everyone else is away on vacation.
The dregs and the mobs of foreigners and tourists are left to wander the streets.
My bus broke down this morning at 23rd Street, and I had to schlep it all the way up to 52nd. And because I’m so brilliant and sharp-thinking in the morning, I figured I’d get in extra exercise by walking the thirty or so blocks uptown to my office.
By the time I got to work, my blouse was drenched, and my trousers were sticking to my legs. I don’t keep a spare suit in my office, so I was forced to let my clothes dry on me.
Lovely way to start the day, don’t you think?
Good thing I remembered to put on deodorant this morning. And can I just vouch for the effectiveness of my deodorant – it didn’t fail me! My pits were nice and dry.

It’s just a shame that they don’t make antiperspirant for your back.

Lessons learned today:

  • Realize that most decisions made in the early morning hours are not necessarily the most intelligent
  • Keep spare clothing and underwear in my office
  • Take public transportation, especially when it’s during the most humid days of the season

And they say you can’t teach an old dog new tricks!

8 thoughts on “Late August Lessons

  1. You're funny! That's a good story and a very fine ad for the deodorant too. It's hot here too, but dry. And I wear bare feet and shorts and my commute is upstairs to my home office. Otherwise, just the same 🙂

  2. lol@your good humor. i liked having a change of clothes at the office and in my car. i am messy. did you get the long letter i sent a while back in response to your note?

  3. Sorry u cant read anymore. But peopel complaind to much. I left my fiance and my life is almost back on trak, so life is really really great. And to make things even better my parents are here for a visit.

  4. Hey Nova,here, here *clink of glasses* to the lessons learned!Have to say though, that no matter how many times I tell myself not to do what you did… at 7am my brain tends to freeze up – every time! I'm a repeat offender when it comes to early morning mistakes)

  5. i hate humidity! today was like that, and we hardly ever have days like that. i hate that sticky feeling. and once you get hot, it seems to take forever to cool down must change shoes when you get to work? please tell me you didn't walk 30 blocks in heels…

  6. I can remember visiting the City one very hot and humid summer day to call on a client. The taxi that had attempted to transport me from LaGuardia broke down and I could not find another. Unfamiliar with the MTA, I ended up walking about 30 blocks in a suit schlepping a computer, projector and overnight bag. I was sweat soup by the time I reached my destination.

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