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mobile commodities trading

by uberchick at 12:39 AM on December 05, 2002

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.

comments (8)

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

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