Wednesday, December 9, 2009

Secrets of the MTA

In New York, transfers from local bus-to-subway, local bus-to-local bus, and subway-to local bus are free within two hours.

The most useful transfer, from subway-to-subway, isn't free, except with two exceptions:

1) Between the 4/5/6/N/R/W at 59th+Lexington and the F at 63rd+Lexington in Manhattan
2) Between the 7 at 45th Rd-Court House Sq and the E/V at 23rd St-Ely Ave and the G at LIC/Court Sq in Queens.

This Poor College Student has used both!

Tuesday, December 1, 2009

Poor College Student Defies Tradition

In my family/culture, if you are offered money by a relative, the correct response is not to say "thank you" but "no thank you" and refuse the gift. If you accept the money, you have failed. If you manage to avoid taking the cash, you have won.

Strange right?

I went home last weekend with $19 left in my bank account.

When my grandmother tried to offer my some cash as an early christmas present, I tried the usual tactics:

"No thanks, I have plenty of money already."
"It's ok, you don't have to give me a christmas present this year."
"I already bought myself something earlier this month."
"Why don't you give this to me on actual christmas day?"
"Let's make a compromise, I'll take half now, and half on christmas day."

I didn't try hard enough. I failed. My brother made fun of me. But my bank account has more than $19 now!