Today was very unusual for me. I do not get to go to Manhattan too often. Well, today was The Day. I had to go to one of those dreary governmental offices that totally suck. I knew ahead of time that it is not going to be pleasant, but a Chicken has got to do, what a Chicken has got to do. So off I went, loaded with my knitting and crocheting projects. Got into the subway station and had a pleasant surprise, there was another knitter there! I puled out my sock, asked her about her afghan, then the train came. Now, if you have traveled on New York subway before you know that in order to travel successfully one should not think too much about the things one smells. Why am I telling you this? Just wait. The train pulled up, we all rushed over ready to get to the seats. They would not open the doors. We stood there ready to spring, OK waddle inside, but the doors stayed closed. We started getting nervous. I pulled out my sock again. We stood there for at least 10 minutes. All this time they are announcing something, but all we can hear is a “Mumble, mumble, lower platform”. After all this time a terrified train driver runs next to the train, screaming, “Pull back, don’t you see, this train is on fire”. I kid you not. No, we did not see, once he said it, I smelled something burning. The smell was nearly overwhelming. But remember, I disconnected my sense of smell. New York, being New York, people pulled back by about two inches. Finally, they were able to get the train away and bring another one. Thank G-d it caught fire at the station and not in the tunnel.
Well, I set happily knitting next to the other knitter and blurted out that I have six kids. She was shocked. Unpleasantly. She asked me and I quote “Have you heard of the Rhythm Method?”. I was so dismayed, the only thing I could blurt out is, – please do not laugh, – “We do it on purpose, we like having a lot of children.” I know – Morons”R”Us. She told me that it was irresponsible in today’s economy. By that time I have recovered a bit and said that G-d gives us kids, and he gives us the economy, but I do not claim He is responsible for the President. So we make do.
The office was as yukky as I thought it would be. But I got a lot of knitting done. After that I treated myself with a trip to the “Lion’s Brand Yarn Salon”. Tamar, thank you for the tip. What a place. Besides the usual Lion’s Brand staff, that I am not really in love with, they have the yarns made specially for them.
OK, it is getting late and this post is going to be too long, so I will write about it tomorrow.
I still have to bake that cake.