My Real Life

August 22, 2012

Late Night on the Train

Filed under: Uncategorized — Amy @ 6:00 am

Saturday night was a good night.

Real Man and I headed into NYC to meet Kim, Erin, Michaela, their significant others and some of Kim’s other friends (although why she would need other friends, I’ll never know) to celebrate Kim’s birthday.

We met up with Erin and Michaela and their husbands, then headed over to the restaurant.

After the restaurant, we headed to Koreatown for some karaoke.

It is my greatest hope that there is no video evidence of karaoke.

It was fun.

It’s about an hour and a half train ride home (because they hit every single station), so we headed out and made the 12:34 train.

We waited in Penn Station until they posted the track, then fought the mob to get to the train.

If you’ve ever caught the train out of Penn Station on the Morris/Essex line, you know of what I speak.

On the train, we took some seats on the upper level and waited.

Immediately, a woman came onto the train, sat diagonally across from us and began speaking into her cell phone in a ridiculously loud voice.

This is not a weird thing on a train.

The weird part was that I honestly believe she was speaking a made-up language.

I’m pretty good with the languages, but this one?

Totally made up.

As the ride went on, the engineer began getting a bit punchy and started singing the train stops.

“Suuuuuuuummit!  Summit, Summit, Summit!  Next stop!”

It had everyone on the train laughing, which was nice.

Until the guys in front of us started their conversation.

I’d say they were in their late 30’s, early 40’s.

They were engaged in one of those late night conversations.  You know the ones.

So impossibly deep that they are blowing their own minds.

They were talking about old television shows and somehow Golden Girls came up, at which point they both began to sing the theme song in these sensitive guy, sitting around a campfire with the guitar even though I really don’t know how to play but I brought the guitar anyway to impress the ladies voices.

They sang the entire song and I didn’t think to pull out my phone to record them.

Deep Guy #1:  You know, that song was, like, a top 10 song in the 70’s and then the show used it for their theme song.

Deep Guy #2:  Genius.  Freaking Genius.

(Genius?  I don’t know about that, but it was a top 25 hit in 1978.  Score 1/2 for Deep Guy #1.)

Then, they started to talk about books and the one guy was saying how he read “The Hunger Games” with his kids, but they hadn’t finished it when the movie came out, but they saw the movie anyway and decided to quit reading the book because the movie was so bad.

I almost stepped into the conversation at this point, but let it go.

Hunger Games?



So, then the conversation moved to Lord of the Rings and the Hobbit.

Deep Guy #2:  You heard about The Hobbit, right?  About all the extra footage?

Deep Guy #1:  No, what?

Deep Guy #2:  When they filmed it and finished the editing, it was just one movie.  But, they decided to turn it into two movies.  After they watched the two, they finally decided that it was so good, they should make it into three!

Deep Guy #1:  That’s amazing.  I heard that when they finished filming, they found out that they had, like, 82 hours of footage.  That’s why they made 3 movies.

Deep Guy #2:  Awesome.  That’s just awesome.  (Completely missing the fact that Deep Guy #1 just told him he was wrong about why there are 3 movies, despite the fact he said he hadn’t heard anything about The Hobbit.)

Then one of them had to go to the bathroom.

He went and when he returned, the other went, so we had about 7 minutes of peace.

Until they began talking about music.

Deep Guy #1:  Man, you know who I really love?  Bob Seger.

(Real Man and I nod to each other because we love Bob Seger, too.)

Deep Guy #2:  Who?

Deep Guy #1:  You know, Bob Seger.  He’s had, like, 40 top 10 hits.  He’s awesome.

(At this point Real Man pulls out his cell phone because we may love Bob Seger, but we also both know he did NOT have, like, 40 top 10 hits.  Wikipedia confirmed our belief.)

Deep Guy #2:  Oh, yeah, I think I’ve heard of him.

Deep Guy #1:  Bruce Springsteen did an awesome album of Bob Seger songs.  I can’t remember what it was called.

(Real Man and I are now exchanging looks like, “huh?” because we both know that Springsteen did NOT do an album of Bob Seger songs.)

Deep Guy #2:  Are you sure you don’t mean Pete Seeger?

Deep Guy #1:  Who’s Pete Seeger?

Deep Guy #2:  You know, Pete Seeger, he sang that song…

At which point he begins to sing and Deep Guy #1 joins him.

(And I have the presence of mind to whip out my iPhone and record for your listening pleasure, but I only caught the last few notes.)

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Total sensitive guy voice, right?

And total annoying girl with large group dying to be the center of attention a few seats ahead of them right after he finishes his song.

Deep Guy #1:  Oh yeah…Pete Seeger.  That’s who Springsteen did.  But man, I love Bob Seger.

From there the conversation kind of dwindled until they got off the train and we were forced to spend the rest of the trip listening to annoying girl who got off the stop before we did.

Still, it was an entertaining ride home, as it always is when coming home from the city.  We rolled in around 2 and Tiny was up around 5:45, so you can imagine how our Sunday went, but we were so glad we went.

Always great to see the girls, wonderful to celebrate Kim, and nice to get a night out with Real Man.

And of course, good times on the train.


  1. Too funny!

    Comment by myliladventures — August 22, 2012 @ 8:02 am | Reply

    • It was a riot. It’d be interesting just to ride around on a train for a night and see what you could see!

      Comment by abozza — August 22, 2012 @ 8:04 am | Reply

  2. That’s hilarious!!! Those train rides are priceless!!! (but so hard not to get into the warped conversations!!!)

    Comment by Tara — August 22, 2012 @ 9:35 am | Reply

    • SO hard!!! But SO funny. 🙂

      Comment by abozza — August 22, 2012 @ 10:29 am | Reply

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