The following text exchange* from this weekend is 100% real and is the perfect demonstration of three things:
- Why I love the new signs in the subway, particularly at 18th Street, indicating the time until the next train.
- Why I don’t love having cell service in some subway stations.
- My commitment to punctuation even in text and even when I am ready to punch a friend.
Nameless (3:09pm) – Where are you now?
Nameless (3:10pm) – Wanted to go run an errand in Chelsea and SoHo
Me (3:10pm) – 18th Street Subway.
Me (3:10pm) – Can get out and meet you…
Me (3:10pm) – Decide. Train here.
Nameless (3:11pm) – Stay there
Nameless (3:11pm) – I will leave now
Me (3:11pm) – K. Should we meet Chelsea or soho?
Nameless: (3:12pm) – Will text when I get off subway
Me (3:12pm) – Where???
Nameless (3:13pm) – Well my Chelsea errand will take ten min
Me (3:14pm) – Decide. About to miss second train.
Me (3:15pm) - Meet me in Chelsea. Missed train. At 18th.
Nameless (3:16pm) – Wanted to buy shoes in soho
Me (3:16pm) – So where should I meet you. Right now I am in 18th street station. DECIDE or I am going home.
Me (3:17pm) – I don’t care what you are buying.
Nameless (3:18pm) – Adidas
Me (3:18pm) – Where the eff is it?
Nameless (3:18pm) – Or y-3
Nameless (3:18pm) – Needed new sneakers
Me (3:19pm) – You have five minutes until my next downtown train comes. You are killing me. I am already through the turnstile.
Me (3:19pm) – Where should I go?
Nameless (3:21pm) – Ok
Nameless (3:21pm) – Heading into subway now
Nameless (3:21pm) – Meet me at 18 at station
Nameless (3:22pm) – Meet me on corner of 18 and 8th ave
Me (3:22pm) – You are killing me.
Me (3:22pm) – See you there.
You can't make this stuff up.
*My friend remains nameless because I want to protect the fragile reputation of this friend. If you know me well enough, you can probably figure out who this is and have probably guesses this friend is a guy. None of the girls I am friends with think/talk this much about a shoe purchase. Nor would any of them leave me in the subway for that long.