Good Training

images-1.jpeg So here I am on the Number 6 at 4: a.m. on a Saturday, headed downtown to an early job.

One can’t help but be impressed by the New York City subway system, even when it misbehaves, being the Concorde of public transportation.

Packed at all hours, day and night, gives it a Vegas feel as if all clocks stop once you’re underground.

My car is flush with an assortment of folk fresh from a festive Friday night, attire, a second ago so chic, now garish in the harsh, overhead light.

Cleavage yawns beneath tube tops and camisoles.

I watch a lovely Latina reinstall a false eyelash while her man naps across her lap.

A lad of 20 with what looks to be, Michael the Archangel, stenciled on his forearm, sings softly to himself.

I daydream despite the chatter remembering what it was like being that young, when a plus-sized gal plops next to me, pinning my arm against her plump, spandexed hip.

As I try breaking free, she gives me her best…you gotta problem…look, I at once counter with my own well honed, no, do you?

It’s kind of like a traveling circus. A sideshow tossed in with your fare.

One couple smooching, another arguing…a Pug, like a Jack-In-The-Box, pops his head out of a gym bag.

But I’ve saved the best for last, when a Latino family gets on, the dad holding a bouncy baby, the mom, the hand of a little senorita with daisies plaited through her hair.

By the looks of them, you’d never guess the hour, their smiles lighting up the car like Spanish sunbeams.

It was then I noticed Gramma propped in the corner with a gigantic Snoopy under her arm she’s hugging as if they’re lovers.

As I get off at Spring, smiling at my seat mate knowing, she nor anyone else will remember the likes of me, but I on the other hand, in great detail, shall remember, the likes of them.






About Susannah Bianchi

I'm just a girl who likes to write slightly on slant. I've had a career in fashion, dabbled in film and to be honest, I don't like talking about myself. Now my posts are another matter so I will let them speak for themselves. My eBooks, A New York Diary, Model Behavior: Friends For Life and Notes From A Working Cat can be found on Thanks.
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34 Responses to Good Training

  1. Remember indeed. Remember and recite for the rest of us to enjoy. Nicely done, Susannah.

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  2. Kate Howell says:


    ~Hal Rubenstein From my iPhone

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  3. Paying attention is one of the funnest things you can do in public. This week I have been a poor watcher. Everyone and everything has irritated me. I still scream at myself “All is perfect!” and I still believe it, but my nerves are frayed, so I am irritated. Seems to have mostly passed today.
    Very nice post.

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  4. I love your observations about people around you.

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  5. You could write whole books peopled just with the people you see on a subway. You write them all so vividly too, it’s like I’m there too. I’ll start riding the bus here to work soon. We’ll see if the Erie populace is as colorful. πŸ™‚

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    • Is there much night life in Erie? I always like to see what people have on, amazed quite often. Half dressed, baring skin like wild animals completely unabashed. I’m from Connecticut. We only show our bodies in pre or post-op. Thanks for reading my daydream. πŸ™‚


  6. aFrankAngle says:

    NYC has to be a gold mine for people watching!

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  7. Dale says:

    4 am? Bloody hell… Amazing you can actually focus enough to pay attention to your surroundings! However, lucky for us that you can!

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  8. skinnyuz2b says:

    I wake up naturally at 4:30, but I don’t want to be on a subway at 4:00. Holy Moley! And if I was, I doubt I’d observe anything. It’s funny that most of the riders were heading home as you’re heading out. Those 4:00 am trips home are a great memory, well, the majority of them anyway.

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  9. Sorryless says:

    You wield a beautiful pen, Miss Thin Girl. And thank goodness you hail from NYC and not Fargo. I mean, nothing against Fargo but I think you just described a year’s worth of activity there in one subway car ride.

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