So on Friday when I sped into the city to meet up with my niece, as I detailed in Mad dash for love, I had a subway decision to make.
I was on the R train in Brooklyn, which is a local train. It stops at every stop on its line and takes forever to get into the city. I sweat I think it has the lowest priority of all subway lines.
Eventually I was going to Rockefeller Center, which us accessible from 49th or 50th Sts between 5th and 6th Aves in Manhattan.
I know the closest stop is the orange trains at Rockefeller Center and the R has a transfer to the orange D train at 36th St in Brookyn. And the D is express.
HOWEVER, at 59th St in Brookyn, I could get the N train on the yellow line. It’s express in Brooklyn, local in Manhattan. And has a stop near Rock Center also, only a block further from the D.
At 59th St in Brookyn, an N train was there across the platform waiting for me. Do I get on now, or do I stay on, wait til 36th St and hope it comes soon? It wouldn’t be that much of a wait but every second counted.
Do I take the sure thing, or do I wait and hope the quicker train comes quickly?
“Well, a bird in hand is worth two in the bush,” I thought. “So that’s what that saying means!”
So I hopped on the N train, took the sure thing.
After 42 years, that saying finally makes sense!