So I’ve taking a temp job for a couple of months at Columbia’s Mailman School of Public Health, which is in the Upper West Side at 168th Street. I live in Brooklyn. So that’s about 2 hours, everyday, on the subway.
Remind me, the next time I take a job, to stay below 42nd Street.
An interesting observation, however: after 59th Street, the car becomes relatively empty and I find that I literally start thinking again. Before, when the cars are crowded, I can listen to music or drink coffee and stare into space, or read the advertisements over and over again, but as for real thought and concentration… it just doesn’t happen. After the car emptied out a decent amount, it was like a light switch went on in my brain and I started thinking creatively about one of my theatre projects (the ambitious, multi-episode, multi-authored epic Tales of the Frumush, Series 1).
I wonder how I might get beyond this interesting limitation, especially since for half my ride, both to and from work, I am in rather crowded, quite loud NYC subway cars. Any ideas on how I can use my time. Oh, and before you say read, I’ve tried that already and find that reading from a book (at least a hardcover, I guess I haven’t tried paperbacks) hurts my back and shoulders.
I would like to make my commute at least somewhat productive and if you have any thoughts on how, I would love to hear them. Thanks.