The Big Apple: Directions for NYC Natives and Tourists, too!
On my way to the subway after a check-up with my eye doctor in Manhattan, a woman asked me how to get to Third Avenue; I gladly pointed her in the right direction, but it got me thinking, people are always asking me for directions--it's usually a woman unfamiliar with a particular neighborhood. I've been lost a couple of times in New York City and I'm not ashamed to admit it! Whenever I needed directions, I'd ask a woman because it's good to play it safe. The A Train can be confusing, so I've relied on the kindness of strangers on several occasions--it's much easier than getting on an Uptown Train, when I really want to go Downtown.
Sometimes guys will ask me for directions. I always find this amusing...Most guys are way too macho to ask for directions; it's a man's way of striking up a conversation with me. I'll usually take the bait, unless he's smoking a cigarette. I dated a guy who smoked a few years ago...Never again! I'd take it whenever we kissed and when I spent the night at his place, I'd come home smelling like an ashtray. No thanks!
I swear I'm going to start charging Tourists for the directions when they seem hopelessly lost on the street or in the New York City Subway System. They bring revenue to our fair City; it only seems fair that they give me a few bucks, don't you think!?