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#13: The simple pleasures of the subway

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As much as New Yorkers love to talk shit about the subway, we are inevitably bound to its services. It's a necessary routine which can be as random as the N, as rigid as the L, as overwhelming as the rush hour 1, and as adventurous as the Z (oh, Z… you’re such a mystery). However, even in those gloomy, mundane moments of the metro underworld, there are some sweet little victories that can make the subway worth the trouble--at least, until the next delay...Here are some reminders that even on the worst subway days, there are ways to count your blessings:

- JUST making the train before the doors close behind you.

- Secretly gloating at the fallen faces of those who didn't (Sorry, not sorry).

- Having a whole train car to yourself.

- Swiping your metro card once--successfully.

- When a ridiculously good musician rocks out as you’re waiting for your train.

- Waking up right when you pull into your stop.

- When someone with an unlimited metro card swipes for you.

- When you have your own unlimited.

- When the jam-packed train that pulled in empties out by the time you walk in.

- When the conductor makes you laugh with their announcements ("This train will be skipping 49th street...DON'T SAY I DIDN'T TELL YOU, 'CAUSE I JUST DID!!").

- When you get above ground and see sunlight for the first time in what seems like days.

- Seeing the endlessly stunning cityscape.

- Entering a beautifully air-conditioned car when the station is a sauna.

- Pulling into a station with wifi (“hey, sorry running late bc of reasons").

- When the sudden service changes actually end up in your favor (“jk train is running express, see u in 5!”).

- When you discover that there is, in fact, nothing suspicious or gross about the unclaimed seat that everyone seems to be avoiding, and it’s all yours.

- When neither person sitting next to you is manspreading.

- Remembering that despite its many faults, you are still fortunate to be living in the city with the best subway system in the whole country

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