Snowbound Blues

Nude, Ohio, 2010

It snowed here in New York City on Sunday – a lot!  We got at least 20 inches of snow.  I heard on the radio this morning that it was the sixth largest snowfall that the city has ever gotten since record keeping began, which was probably in the late 1800’s.

 I couldn’t get into work yesterday.  I guess I hadn’t realized how much snow had fallen overnight, so I got up a little earlier than normal, went through my normal pre-breakfast morning routine, and then decided to take a look at my computer.  I checked the website of the Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA), and guess what – the subway line that I take into work was out of commission.  That line runs in on outdoor, uncovered gulley for the most part, so snow can easily accumulate there.  Given enough of it, trains just can’t get through. 

I never even left home.  I developed three rolls of film from my trip to Japan instead.

Today was a different story.  I checked the MTA website when I got up and, unfortunately, my subway line was still out of service.  However, another subway line – this one elevated outdoors and close to where I used to live – was back in service but with delays.  If I could get to one of its stations, I could get to work, even if I might be late.  To get to a station, though, I had to take a bus that stops a couple of blocks from me.  I decided to give it a try.

I should never have left home.

Walking toward the bus stop, I saw a bus making a turn as it’s supposed to do at that corner.  “Great,” I thought, “the buses are running!”  Then when I got closer I saw that the bus had no passengers, but its lights were flashing.  Next, I saw the driver slumped against the window, apparently dozing.  Then the sign in front reading “Not In Service.”

“What the hell’s going on here?,” I wondered.  I walked down to the next stop, where I spoke to some people walking by.  One man told me that the bus had been stuck in that spot since the day of the blizzard – two days ago!

I knew then that it would not be good, people saying that they hadn’t seen one bus running this morning.  I walked on in the other direction, toward the supermarket where I’d go to get a few things to take home if all else failed.  Waiting at the bus stop across the street, I spoke with a man who’d been waiting for about an hour and a half and hadn’t seen a bus.  Then another man came by who said that three buses and an ambulance were stuck in the snow further along the buses route, indicating that no bus was likely to get through.

He did make another suggestion: walk several long blocks up to the next main avenue, where I should be able to get a different bus to that one working subway line.  “Why not?,” I figured.  “I’m out here already, so I might as well give it a try.”

Before I even got to that avenue I heard people along the way saying that no buses were running there, either.  Still, on I went on the odd chance that a bus might actually go by.  I gave up after about twenty minutes.  No bus seemed likely to go by, and even if it did, there’d be a good chance that I’d have to stand on it (if I could get on at all) and on the subway, too – and my bad foot was already hurting me so much that the prospect of having to stand for a couple of hours was unthinkable.

So, in the end, ‘twas all for naught.  (Well, maybe not all.  I did get a gallon of milk on the way home.)  What lay in wait tomorrow morning is yet to be seen.  All I know now is what the MTA website says:  right now, my subway line is still not working, and neither is the bus I need as an alternative. 


In keeping with the snowy theme, that’s another photo of Goddess Angie and Jypsie Nahmana in the snow during my trip to Ohio in February.


This is the first post of my blog here on WordPress.  I’m thinking of transferring my operations over here from the old Blogger blog to avoid people being put off by that annoying warning page.  I just created this blog here, so please bear with me as I try to get things sorted out.   Thank you.

About Dave Rudin

Dave Rudin is a fine art photographer based in Brooklyn, New York. He specializes in art nude and travel photography, using black & white film and making silver gelatin prints in a darkroom.
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3 Responses to Snowbound Blues

  1. DaveB says:

    Hey Dave Rudin – Dave Baker in Maryland. Your WordPress looks good on my ‘puter screen, I say go for it! Got about 5 inches of lighweight snow in Southern Maryland, nothing compared to last Winter’s 2 big storms… Happy New Year 2011!!!

  2. Bear says:

    Spent yesterday at the ranch while 50 mph winds drifted the 20 inches of snow we received into some amazing sculptures. We had to lock all the critters int he barn because the wind was filling the barn with snow. Beautiful day reading and hanging out in front of the fire. It wasn’t too bad digging out, the snowblower worked as usual to clear the driveway and Friday we’ll fire up the tractor to dig out the barnyard and the paddocks. I hope you can get around soon. The 40-mile trip in to work this morning was relatively uneventful, a little ice on the roads, but mostly freeway speeds.

  3. Bill Ballard says:

    I’m liking the WordPress blogs and think I’m going to switch over from Blogger. I’ve chosen a different template than this one, and am liking it thus far. I’ll have my intro post up later today on both Blogger and WP.

    From what I’ve been able to ascertain, the text/font colors can be changed. It requires digging into the code, something I don’t really want to do. Besides, I’m not sure it’s that much of an issue (speaking personally) as the total benefits of WordPress seem to outweigh any disadvantages I’ve encountered so far – and it’s been much more intuitive thus far. Again, speaking personally.

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