While the cold freezes the city streets, the bustle below is a trading floor like no other. Only this trading floor has no tickers, computer screens, or people screaming at each other. Most of the time anyway.
Mr. über-hipster hopped onto the train, garbed in an über-cool shirt halfway buttoned with a white t-shirt underneath, gray second-hand shop pants, and the requisite messenger bag. Mr. über-hipster shuffles in his bag, locating his discman, only to find that his batteries have died from über-usage.
Lucky for him, sitting next to him, watching his every move, is a sloppily-dressed, homeless-like dude with a huge laundry-bag weavesack chock full of clothes he most likely rummaged out of somewhere, layers upon layers of clothes, and a pair of über-chic hipster sunglasses seen most often in williamsburg or some downtown club.
"Batteries dead?" dude asks Mr. über-hipster.
"Yeah," responds Mr. über-hipster despondently, wondering how he was going to get through a train ride without music blasting into his über-hip head.
"You have some?" Mr. über-hipster asked, hopefully.
"Sure," says dude.
He shuffles through his bag, then his pockets, and produces 2 AA batteries. Mr. über-hipster generously offers dude $2. Dude happily takes it. Mr. über-hipster hands him another dollar, nodding props to dude. Dude nods back with the same über-air and gives Mr. über-hipster the last two batteries. Dude gets off at the next stop, happy to have scored in such a timely manner, and Mr. über-hipster blasts electronica into his head.
The exchange brought on the warm and fuzzies, even if I did have to listen to bad electronica for the next ten minutes.
heh. that was the best thing i've read all morning.
the fact that i'm awake at 2:24 am and probably will be until 5:24 has no reflection on my judgement
by Capital J at December 5, 2002 2:23 AM
Two measly dollars, and no....other considerations? Have you seen the price of batteries these days? That al fresco living character got taken.
by annna at December 5, 2002 6:46 AM
Nothing is worse than the electronica versions of various christmas songs I downloaded yesterday.
by rannie at December 5, 2002 9:37 AM
anna, it's not about the dude getting ripped off, it's about his generosity to a complete stranger on a train ride home.
by überchick at December 5, 2002 10:27 AM
Homeless guy probably fished those batteries out of the garbage or something. Besides, in the NYC subway, there is a seemingly endless troupe of people selling batteries. I've seen it as low as $1 for 8 Duracel(ish) batteries. If anything that homeless guy is totally ripping of Mr Hipster. Good for him.
by mg at December 5, 2002 12:22 PM
I bomb you!
by über-Osama at December 5, 2002 4:58 PM
by überchick at December 5, 2002 5:09 PM
Oh, I get it. I get jokes.
by annna at December 5, 2002 5:13 PM