Thursday, September 20, 2007
( 10:54 PM ) teahouse
Tonight I was riding home on the subway, when I suddenly had the strangest feeling.
I looked up, and realized that the feeling was caused by the fact that it was eerily quiet.
Apart from the screeching of breaks and grinding of metal that one is accustomed to hearing while on the New York City subway, there was nothing but the lone sound of a single human voice muttering.
When it's quiet in New York City, it's always cause for concern.
I looked around me, and realized that every single person sitting in my row of seats (about 7 or 8 people) - AND, believe it or not, 3 people sitting across from me - was plugged into an iPod.
Yes, I saw almost an entire subway car full of people with the signature white earbuds in their ears.
It was the technological equivalent of a total eclipse of the sun, with the moon and stars aligned. What were the chances that all of these iPod users converged on my subway car at this given point in time?
They were all listening to their music, oblivious to the world around them and not interacting with anyone else.
The only people in view who weren't plugged into their iPods were me and a homeless woman sitting across from me who was muttering to herself.
I guess it was because she had nobody else to talk to.#