Picture this: I’m over-dressed in my goose-down winter coat this morning looking like the goddamn Stay-Puft marshmallow man. My backpack is loaded with gifts that I’m bringing to my family’s Chanukah party tonight. I’ve got two shopping bags, one with more presents, the other with the cabbage salad I prepared last night. By hand, dammit, I sliced four heads of cabbage–thin!–by hand.
“Why don’t you just use the machine?” said the wife.
“Tradition!” I say, referring as much to the masochism as the end result.
So I get on the subway with all my junk, neck still sore from leaning over the cutting board, and sit at the end of the car, next to the wall, so that I’ll only have a person to my right. In no time, the train is crowded. And then, at 181st street, the subway moment I dread–hot food.
Two people, two sausage, egg and cheese sandwiches. Nowhere for me to move. Trapped.
And they housed that shit by the time we got to 137th street. Believe it.