Sorry this is so long - please just skim to my questions if you will please answer!
I posted earlier that Lucas and I went on a mission to Staten Island to help with hurricane recovery. (1900 miles in all) We had a very rewarding trip, but had to take a 1/2 day off for a 5 day trip per UMCOR (United Methodist Commitee on Releif) and the insurance rules. We chose to take the SI Train to the SI Ferry, then the subway up to the south edge of Central Park, then walk down to Rockefeller Center and Times Square and then find our way back to our host church on SI. It was about dusk 12/12/12 - a Wednesday - when we reached Central Park. By the way, the escalators were still out of service due to water damage, so I think we climbed more than 1212 steps, too.
We felt confident, even though we were far out of our comfort zone - away from having control of our own transportation is a big deal to us. We are not afraid to ask questions, and found New Yorkers very helpful and interested in our situation, as we knew you all would. One young man thought we are farmers and was really quite fascinated by corn farming in Illinois, which we do know a lot about.
Shock! You guys really do stand up happily on the trains! I thought that was some myth. Oh, my. How uncomfortable.
It was wall to wall people during our entire journey in Manhatten. Once we got separated and I yelled at Lucas, "I can't reach you!" (He was about 11 feet away and about 12 people!) People kind of cleared the way for us then - awwww.
Is it always that crowded in that area? or was it just the Christmas season and 12/12/12?
Are people always that helpful, or did we just look like yokels and get pity points?
Is it "IN" Staten Island and Manhatten, or "ON" SI and Manhatten?
Whatever, I loved our visit and found the universal rule in social interaction tp be true: Usually, if we are nice, polite and gentle, the people around us will be, too. Yes, we took precautions and didn't do anything stupid to attrack the .2 % rotten people, but it worked.
Anyway, we loved our work. The people whose homes we worked on were great - I think I spent more time getting hugs than I spent actually working. That's OK, the rest of the team powersprayed and demolded more than anyone could expect.
I don't expect many responses, but thank you.