Thursday, August 7, 2014
My move to the Self-Center of the Universe
It didn't take long, a week at most.
I remember the exact moment it happened.
I hopped on the 4-5 train during rush hour at Grand Central after a long day at the office. I was carrying a book bag and I made the mistake of bumping into a lady standing behind me.
"Ummm, you just ran into me," she said.
"So..." I replied in a monotone, I hope you die, voice. I made sure my gaze outlasted hers. She looked away after which I did the same.
This reaction would have been unheard of for me, a five-foot-nothing kid from the burbs whose last physical altercation ended in a black eye, a lost girlfriend and a humiliated 13 year old.
I still haven't recovered.
I spent my first week in Gotham endlessly apologizing to people for minor inconveniences. "Oh I'm in your way, sorry, I was just looking at a map." "Excuse me, I need to reach around you, sorry." Mind if I squeeze through, sorry." "Oh, did I touch your elbow, its crowded in the elevator. Sorry,"
In this city, too much politeness is seen as weakness and there is no place for weakness in a city filled with assholes.
At least on the subway.