Teaching a sociology class at our NYC campus on Wednesdays. Come along with me on today's commute. Temp this morning was 10F, the calm before snowmageddon that starts tonight.
First, some breakfast at an Irish Cafe that is across the street from the Pearl River train station. Catch the 8:11 AM train, and about 15 minutes later you get your first view of the Manhattan sky line, ablaze in the morning sunshine. The World Trade Center is on the far right...our destination is near there. 30 minutes later, arrive at Hoboken. Transfer trains for the 12 minute ride under the Hudson River. Getting off the train you are joined by other train loads of people also arriving under the WTC and now you are a part of a river of people (maybe a thousand passing any one spot in 5 minutes). Four escalaters then take us up up up and we emerge just outside the WTC site (The building itself is nearly finished.)
Smile at the policeman with the machine gun, stop and say "Thanks for being here." He smiles broadly as his partner eyes you suspiciously.
Next it is a 6 block walk to campus...and you're struck at the feeling that the entirety of lower manhatten is a massive construction site. Pass Wall Street and two Starbucks (get venti half-caf at the first one) and now we're at Nyack's building. We occupy the top floors, 18-22.
The office I share is on the 21st floor and has a nice view of NY Harbor. Double check my notes for class and be the first to the room, set the media system to Pandora Switchfoot. Put dark chocolate Lindsor Truffles out for students to have as they arrive.
Teach for 3 hours, or rather, manage the interaction for 3 hours. When finished, collapse in your office chair and look out that huge window with gratitude to God. I LOVE THIS JOB