Don’t Trust Strangers to Take Simple Photos

This past weekend my parents rode the bus up for a day, and as far as I knew the plan was to have a relaxing day catching up.  But when they got off the bus I saw my Aunt Joan and a handful of her friends.  I’m automatically bombarded with questions like, “Where are we going?  What are we doing?  Do you know where this is?”

Hold up.

I thought this was going to be a laid back day with my parents.

So I take the ladies down to Soho where they requested to go.  First thing is they requested to ride the subway.  Easy enough except none of them have subway passes.  So I stand there in the Times Square station individually buying seven people “One Day Fun Passes” and simultaneously batting off questions like, “No you can not pay with a $20 bill unless you want 12 one dollar coins as change.”

Finally everyone has their cards and the subway is approaching.  Great, let’s get on.  Except they are swiping their metro cards every which way.  Upside down, backwards, sideways.  So I one by one grab each person’s card, slide it through and tell them TO GO GET ON THAT TRAIN.

We make the train.  After a couple of stops one of the friends stands up and at the top of her lungs screams, “JOAN, ARE YOU SURE WE’RE ON THE RIGHT TRAIN?”

Yes, sit down.

Mere minutes later she stands again and screams, “JOAN, THEY SAID THIS TRAIN IS GOING TO BROOKLYN!!!!”

Yep.  Sit down.

It’s crazy the way the trains in New York work, but did you know they make more than one stop?  One single train actually will stop in Manhattan and then proceed to Brooklyn.  Insert sarcasm.

Finally when we get to Soho I give them a million directions to go a million different ways and my parents and I proceed to The Cupping Room, where we’ve been enjoying brunch since the first time I moved here six years ago.

This was us here on the weekend of my 21st birthday.  It took me about an hour to find this picture.  Literally.

I thought it would be nice to have the same picture taken of us this weekend, so when I asked a passerby to take a photo of us and include the sign she captured this:

Well, that’s not even close to getting the sign in the picture.  And why are we so far away?  Is it that mind boggling to turn the camera vertically?  Especially when you’re using an iPhone that is a VERTICAL PHONE.  You actually had to turn the camera to its side to capture this photo.

Oh well, it’s the thought that counts.  Right?

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