The Transit Museum truly is a fun place, especially for New Yorkers like me who grew up riding the subways. As an adult, I get to visit my past - the faded baby blue and grays of the old Number 7 Line; the criss cross seats that could comfortably sit one whole adult of the old C Line - it showed me just how crappy it was back then. But the best part is, you can always get a seat on them here.
Emmett and Kazuki have been friends since they started walking. They've known each other longer than they've known their younger siblings. Consequently, Emmett's younger sister, Lark is the same age as Samu. Technically, they've known each other since before they were even born!
But they're all monkeys, if you ask me. Just look at them.
|Okay, everybody make a Funny Face!|
|Okay, now how about a nice one?|
|Um, Lark...we're doing nice faces now.|
Looking at all the old signs and displays, I realized that the subways were always a mess. The only time they really got it together was when the Metrocard really kicked in. With its Fun Day pass and unlimited weekly and monthly cards - the offers which are being brutalized the most for the next fare hike - riding the subway used to be a true value for the money. Now - nobody's happy.
|Emmett is the Courteous Bus Driver|
|Samu is the Crazy Bus Driver - Don't get on his bus!|
|Lark is the Distracted Bus Driver|
|Can someone get this monkey off the side of my bus?|
|Yes, I remember when the fare was a dollar...it was not that long ago.|
Although it was only my second visit with the boys, they remembered everything from last year. That's pretty amazing considering Zuki has already forgotten what we got him for his birthday last month. Would I be considered extremely mean if I said that this is probably the only positive impact the Transit Authority ever had? You might think so for about two minutes because that's how long the fare stays the same.
|The Number 7 Line when I was a kid|
|Diane and Samu check out the old ads|
|Lark finally gives us a pretty smile|
|This must be Zuki's stop|
|Samu and Emmett check out an old Subway map while Zuki poses.|