Our own “New York Commuter’s Glossary” was the happy recipient of some praise on the morning show at 107.1 The Peak recently.
“This book is hysterical,” said morning jock Caroline Corley. “If you ever ride Metro-North, this book is for you. It’s got me in stitches.”
Corley is a bit of a local institution ’round these parts: a big personality who speaks often of her various “boyfriends” in rock bands, and of her beloved lab, Mick Jagger.
Some of the phrases Corley shared on the air include the Baby Back Ribs of Death [The body-length turnstiles at subway stops whose teeth threaten to gnash unsuspecting commuters to shreds], Sad Sack [A commuter who places his\her knapsack, gym bag, French horn case and other personal effects on the empty seat next to them to dissuade potential seatmates from sitting there] and Tramnesia [Waking up from a deep sleep on the train, not knowing what stop you’re at, and bolting for the door in the assumption that the current stop is yours].