Disparity and One Bus
For as long as I’ve lived in New York City I’ve heard the statement: “Kitty, you are so lucky you live in Manhattan because when it snows they really clean up fast. In the other boroughs like Brooklyn, Queens, Bronx and Staten Island are forgotten and have to muddle through until when ever Sanitation gets to it.
Honestly, I never really saw the gross disparity until yesterday. Well actually, I saw it on Saturday but really didn’t have time to reflect on it because I was preoccupied. That happens at times in my condition. . . . . .
After work, I made my what I call “the trip to the Holy Land”, which it to my church in Brooklyn. I left Manhattan where the streets are relatively clean and arrived in Brooklyn to a mess! The streets are horrid and as I got closer to my church which is in a residential neighborhood with houses, it got worse. I was greeted by 10 foot piles of snow in the street and 5 to 6 foot berms of snow on both sides of the sidewalk and tiny footpaths in between. A regular Winter wonder land!
All because Mayor Bloomberg thought he was balancing the cities budget by laying of 400 sanitation men/women. He did this on the sneak before the Boxing Day ( day after Christmas ) Snowstorm. It was that snowstorm that brought Bloombergs dirty deed to light as all of a sudden, there weren’t enough drivers to drive the plows. Ah! That’s because you laid them off you lunk head!
To add insult to injury, NYC has had a snowstorm every week for the past five weeks, and we are expecting another! February is snow storm month in NYC, so I’m gonna really batten down the hatches!
Another saying I used to here. This one from my Mom: “This bus is so slow, it must be the only one running”. Now, me as a child would hear that and think that is ridiculous. After all, how in the wolrd do you run a bus line with only one bus? It’s impossible! Well, I saw the impossible made possible yesterday.
On the way to church I have to take a train and bus. The train was no problem, but I waited for the bus “4 eva” . . . . . . When the bus did come, it was going in the opposite direction! I made sure I took a good look at the bus driver before he drove away. It went on it’s way down town. Ten minutes later, the same driver, driving the same bus comes back the opposite way to pick up ( angry passengers ) up! Yes, THE SAME DRIVER!
One of the ladies was so angry she got up into the drivers face and yelled at him and threatened him. I don’t know about any other state or country, but in New York City that is a FELONY! And you can be hauled off to the clink. Why? Because two years ago a bus driver was shot to death due an argument over the fare. Now bus drivers are protected from being beaten, spit upon, threatened, etc. After all they are responsible for the safety of the passengers, and how can you concentrate on driving with someone threatening or pounding on you?
I know, we some crazy folks in New York City!
Privately, if it was me, I’d carry a sap . . . . . . One good thump would take care of any disgruntled customers. You have to also remember the streets were in bad shape, and no bus driver worth his salt would risk a serious accident.
And another gripe. Since I’m a New York City Employee ( we – all city workers ) received a credit card from a corporation named Wageworks a couple of weeks ago. According to the information included with said card, it was to be used for Commuter Purposes only, but the thing already has a $3.000.00 spending limit.
Two weeks ago when I first got the thing, I attempted to activate it on the phone like seven times and it wouldn’t work. After you do it like several times, the phone mail system automatically shuts you down and tells you to call back. So I gave up and threw the thing in a drawer.
Since then I found out by word of mouth that this card is supposed to be used for our Metro Card. Previously, if you had Transit Check, we would get mailed a Metro Card and it would last a whole year because a pay deduction would come out and cover the cost. Plus the cost was tax deductible. Now, I heard from the grapevine that Transit Check will no longer handle this. The work has been contracted out to “Wageworks”, they will take the deduction out of your pay and put it towards this card. Now, every month you will have to buy a new Monthly Metro Card. A supreme pain in the neck, because I DON’T WANT ANOTHER CREDIT CARD!
Here’s the really sad part. Today is the last day to register for the program before it starts. If you don’t activate your card, you will have to spend over $100.00 on a monthly Metro Card and will get no tax deduction to boot!
In my opinion this is the beginnings of The Mark Of The Beast! They told us to go to the Wageworks website if we needed more information and of course I had my big face in there. It’s more than commuter stuff, it’s medical, dental and even groceries ( I think ). I honestly believe they are going to hook it up so that we won’t get a paycheck anymore. All of our money will go into that account and if we want cash we will have to use our Wageworks card as a debit card. They say we can’t now because it has no pin number. But, that can easily remedied. . . . . .
Of course our union ( DC37 ) it totally clueless about this. If anything, they should’ve been the first to know, not the last. Now if the members don’t want it, they have no one to fight for them because it’s TOO LATE NOW! WE ALREADY HAVE THE DAMNED THING! Closing the barn door after the horse ran away. . . . . . . . . DUH!
This is what we pay union dues for. . . . . . . . . PAH!
I’m sorry, today’s gripe day . . . That means I’d better be off.
I’m outy. . . . .