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Day 3...a breakthrough do I hear?

So alas...I wake up and repeat. Except today I walked to work. I figure the 11+ miles of running yesterday should suffice. I've already put in about 30 miles this week...sheesh! I ended up doing speeeeeed last night after all. We did a track workout up on the small track on the west side of the park on the UWS.

My splits (other laps were recovery)..about .21 per lap (approx 5 laps to a mile):
lap 1 - 1:25 (6:45/mi)
lap 3 - 1:24 (6:40/mi)
lap 5 - 1:23 (6:35/mi)
lap 7 - 1:24 (6:40/mi)

I stopped after 4 since I logged a whole lot of mileage during the day. Feels good to be starting to get some leg speed back. Watch out 2006!

I was so tired when I got home around 9...all I could muster was a couple bowls of cereal and peanut butter.

Anyway an update...state mediator had a press conference and apparently both sides are back at the table! The strike may be nearing an end!

UPDATE UPDATE: THE STRIKE IS OVER!!! MASS TRANSIT WILL BE BACK TOMORROW!! YIPPEE! And Gawker has a funny spin on who should play Roger Touissaint in a movie.

Anyone seen the 4 train?

As stated from the prior entry, the TWU did indeed go on strike this morning. As of 3am, the subways and buses of NYC Transit went on hiatus. I will be damned if I would let this strike get the best of me and my schedule. I was up at 6am...met Sempre Libera at 6:30 for a run in Central Park. Next I showered and got ready...and did what I had to do.

So I did what any other New Yorker does in times like this...move along. I laced up the sneakers and off I went...on my 3.5 mile walk to midtown. The walk was interesting. As I started, it was like any other day....people walking as if to the subway. Only the streets were bare....not a bus to be found...and really not much of anything. Anyway, more to this later...time to walk home now.

So made my trip home. It was much more cold...and by the time I got home I had lost feeling in my face.
New York City

These boots are made for walking

Ugh. It's on. This is the latest on the NYC government site.

TWU Union Moves to Strike - City Contingency Plan is in Effect
Due to a labor action by the Transport Workers Union, there is no MTA bus or subway service in the Bronx, Brooklyn, Manhattan, and Queens. In response, the City has implemented its strike contingency plan. Residents who rely on MTA bus and subway service to get around the City are urged to make alternate travel arrangements and familiarize themselves with driving restrictions. Traffic and roadway limitations, including HOV and commercial vehicle restrictions, are in effect from 5 a.m. to 11 a.m., weekdays. Alternate side of the street parking is suspended. NYC public schools will open two hours late and buses will be running on a two-hour delay.
Tuesday, December 20, 2005

I've got my walking shoes ready....


As if the bomb scare and blackout in '03 were not enough...we now have the next event that could shape for a good story to tell the kids later...a striking Transit Workers Union.

My first question: Why can't they have these contracts end in May or June??? Why the middle of December??? This is just plain evil.

I also officially have work Friday should the strike occur. We received an email yesterday saying that work is open and if you live in Manhattan and can share space...let the office manager know. One should also note my office party is tomorrow night...that should make for a delightful "commute"! That and the fact that its supposed to be snow/sleet/ice/rain....should make for a pleasant 3.5 mile hike...well if I'm actually here.

You see I may have to go back to hurricane ravaged Mississippi tomorrow for the day again...ugh. I'm hoping that I am not screwed and forced into that because then I'll miss the fun party and not to mention I have no idea when I'd get back into town...and what crap I'd face to get home should the storm and strike hit. Oh the joys of being the youngin'...uh no.

So yes...strike. The MTA and city of New York has issued contingency plans should the strike occur. Not to mention there are restricted areas where cars cannot drive. I don't know...I'm starting to get a little worried about this. Everyone has been saying this happens everytime the contract is up but now we're really getting to the gun. There's just a day and a half left...and it feels like nothing has been done.

Basically for those that not involved in the NYC hoopla...there's the Transit Workers Union in one corner and the MTA in the other. The TWU wants 8% raises every year for 3 years (hahahahahahahahha!) and the MTA has offered 3% for the first year, 2% the second depending on if the TWU gives up "a" sick day. TWU workers want the retirement age down to 55 from 62...uh yeah. MTA wants TWU to give 2% to health benefits (up from 0%). Naturally, this is all public so what's behind closed doors...we don't know. I just feel like this animosity has been building up for months...from the now defunct stadium to the 2 sets of cooked books to the fare hike to the now "surplus" the MTA magically found. A lot of shadiness on both sides in my mind.

It gets better. Due to a law called Taylor's Law, it is illegal for the TWU to strike. If they do, they face HEAVY duty fines. MTA filed a lawsuit for an injunction which the court ruled in favor of...so now EACH member of the TWU could face $25,000 fine and/or jail time for each day they don't go to work!

And who really gets screwed? You, me, and everyone in NYC. The fact remains its the low income people that are really in a bind. They won't be able to get to work...and earn their paycheck. The city loses out on a whole lot of business. I get to have a wonderful bout of Raynaud's because I'm positive I'll have no feeling in my fingers and toes by the time I get to work. Although perhaps I can get my run in...it's about 3.5 miles each way. Yeah, thanks MTA and TWU...you're really making us have a more favorable opinion.

At least I got out of going to Mississippi tomorrow...although I really do feel like the icon photo...;-)