Wednesday, July 16, 2008

Misty water colored narrow escapes

On my way to the gym last night, I boarded the 42 bus and pulled the $2 in quarters out of my pocket, and as I dropped the coins into the collector, I watched the diamond ring on my right hand slip right off my finger and into the change collector and down into the box. The one you can't get into unless you have an MTA supervisor, a specialized mechanic and a security guard all in attendance.



Jeez-us.

So I rode the bus all the way to the bus depot at 42nd and 11th and gathered up these people and said, "Hi! I dropped my jewelry into the change box. Please, I beg you, get it out."

Except they couldn't do it because they needed one more specialized security person in attendance and he was not scheduled to be there until 8pm.

So what did I do?

I left my jewelry on the bus, gave my phone number to the supervisor, and said, "Give me a call if you can make this work."

Then I went climbing.

At 11:30pm, a mechanic called and told me he had my ring and that it was in the safe at the depot.

Can I believe this? Can you? I'll let you know what happens when I go to pick it up.

11 comments:

Annie said...

No, Nina this could only happen to you :-). Glad they have it and called you!

P said...

This confirms my belief that New Yorkers are excellent in a pinch.

Maggie said...

Congratulations on getting it back, and on climbing anyway.

I really hope you can go to Kili. You know how I feel about the necessity of this. I concur with your fortune cookie.

Nina, I have all this inappropriate gossip to share about my crush on a 22-year-old, but it just seems wrong to gossip so lightheartedly with all you're going through. So I selfishly hope that sunshine returns so we can be silly again soon.

Mr. Bingley said...

How cool is that?

Only in NY, kids.

LizB said...

Stories like this restore my faith in people.

imaginary binky said...

That's way better than the time I dropped a gold earring down the drain and my dad said, "Tough."

Finn said...

Ahh... New York.

sybil law said...

That is AWESOME.
Whew!
:D

nightfly said...

Sweet. Helluva town, in a lot of good ways.

Dagny said...

Sorry I haven't been around for all you have been through lately, but know you are always in my thoughts.

xxoxoxo

and so glad they got it out. :)

Julie said...

well that's luck. there are people out there that care.