55mins Later and 10lbs Lighter: The MTA Inferno
My alternative route took me south, then west, then north, then back to Rockefeller Center. Besides the additional 40 minutes, I lost at least 10 pounds through perspiration because MTA thinks it’s ok to forgo A/C, or even ventilation, in its subways. Some stations are so hot they create a sauna like burning sensation on my skin.
While waiting for one of my alternative trains, I looked around and everyone was sweating, often to the point of showing through their dress shirts and pants (see picture). I was no exception. I had to laugh at the chaotic scene of business people sweating like school kids at recess. I tend to find humor at helplessly chaotic scenes when humans are knocked off their normal means of operation.
If you’re ever so lucky to ride the MTA in summer, make sure to bring a sweat towel. You’ll need it.