Not your average commute
Apr 15, 2015 | 15772 views | 0 0 comments | 468 468 recommendations | email to a friend | print
We don't know what your morning commute was like last Thursday morning, but we can guarantee you it wasn't nearly as exciting and eventful as some lucky riders on the R train who found themselves on the subway with Mayor Bill de Blasio and Senator Charles Schumer last week.

The pair were taking part in a nationwide effort to urge the federal government to invest more money in subways, ferries, buses, roads and bridges, as well as give more local control as to how those dollars were spent. Schumer and Blaz were ostensibly handing out flyers to straphangers to call attention to the issue, but quickly lost interest in the mission, according to the pool report of their journey.

After announcing loudly that he had $20 on his MetroCard, Schumer joined de Blasio in picking a train at random and began working the car.

The mayor tried to stay on message, but the easily excitable Schumer began urging riders to take a “selfie” and put it on social media describing the event and the fact that they were on the train with a senator and mayor.

For a bit Schumer lost track of where he was, and as the train pulled into the Union Street stop, he stumbled down the aisle.

“I'm falling down,” the senator yelled.

And that was the beginning of the end, as far as the transportation bill was concerned.

Some riders remarked on de Blasio's height, while Schumer began going on with a half-dozen riders about the gasoline tax. One woman moved to another part of the car to avoid the conversation. Then out of nowhere, the Boston accents began.

“Wicked fahhh,” said de Blasio.

“Green Monstahhhh,” retorted Schumer, cracking them both up.

Schumer then focused on his tie, which had pictures of pigs, eggs and blocks of cheese on it. He asked riders to guess why he called it his breakfast tie. “Bacon, egg and cheese!” he answered for them.

To make a long ride short, Schumer told an Egyptian “we love you,” de Blasio praised a pool reporter for trying to get a quote from a rider who steadfastly ignored both Schumer and de Blasio when they tried to talk to her (to be fair, she also ignored the reporter), and then for reasons not clearly understood, the pair began talking about Underdog.

“I loved Underdog so much,” said the mayor, noting that his alter ego was Shoeshine Boy.

At this point the process of handing out flyers had all but been abandoned, and Schumer began reminiscing about his childhood trips to Yankee Stadium, when a subway ride cost 15 cents and bleacher seats would run you 35 cents.

And at 8:10 a.m., the subway pulled into the City Hall stop and with that, Schumer and de Blasio's 15 minutes on the subway came to an end.

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