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Old School Tech: The Train is Overrated


Since I'm a Jersey boy, I love public transportation. It's one of the best technological advancements that has practical applications for a number of people. Even if you didn't grow up using public transportation, you know what it looks like from movies, television, and other media.

I grew up taking the bus to the mall, the movies and into NYC. As i've gotten older, that love has lessened as my work commute on the Philadelphia trains (SEPTA regional rail) is ground to a halt what seems like every other day due to an obstruction or mechanical problem of some kind. I just don't remember having this many problems as a kid in the 80s!

Frustration with tech can often lead to a low tech solution. Apparently, I like the foresight of a few gentlemen in the NYC area who got fed up and decided to kayak across the Hudson river from NJ to NYC for their daily commute.

Sometimes they leave their kayaks with a friend on the West Side, but other times, they just take them to work.
“We’ll carry them from the water all the way to our office and then we store them right next to our desk."

The funniest image in my head is of these gentlemen calming walking through the door of their business with a dripping wet Kayak. I guess I've seen crazier things in New York ...