Thursday, July 19, 2007

Steam Heat

Whew! I missed it by 12 blocks. Normally I'd be home by 6:15, the time of New York's steam explosion yesterday, but things were particularly busy at my day job, so I stayed late. I left at exactly 6:15. By time I reached the subway at 53rd and Lexington the MTA was making announcements that service on the 4, 5 and 6 trains was suspended from 86th street to the Brooklyn Bridge. As I boarded my E train I thanked my lucky stars (once again) that I don't live on the East Side and therefore would be damned to use the 4,5,6 trains on a regular basis--a nightmare on any given day at rush hour, but even worse yesterday.

When I got home and flipped on the TV I saw images like the one above and having been scarred by 9/11, immediately thought: TERRORISM. But after listening to the newscast for a few minutes I was relieved to learn that it was just an old steam pipe.

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8 Comments:

At 9:35 AM, Blogger Glenn said...

Have you heard anything from Dave @ Tugboat Captain? He's in NYC for a few days.

 
At 5:50 PM, Blogger BigAssBelle said...

that is so scary. what a shocking thing. i'm sure it was a shock to the whole town, but can you even imagine being on the street right there when it happened? who wouldn't think terrorists?? glad you're okay.

 
At 11:48 PM, Blogger Palm Springs Savant said...

Oh I know! I saw the first reports on TV and immediately got that sinking feeling in my stomach. WHEW

 
At 9:22 PM, Blogger Matt said...

(Completely off topic, sorry, wish I had your e-mail!). How do you know Columbus???

 
At 4:56 PM, Blogger Todd HellsKitchen said...

Yeah, that was a MESS!

 
At 1:31 PM, Blogger Red7Eric said...

Yeah, I think the whole world thought "Terrorism" right about then; we're just wired that way by now.

Was anyone seriously hurt? After the initial story, I didn't hear much follow-up ...

 
At 9:00 PM, Blogger Donnie said...

Glad to read that you're okay. It's amazing what out of date infrastructure can lead to, huh?

 
At 5:18 PM, Blogger TCho said...

i was kind of surprised that Grand Central was back in operation the very next day.

 

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