As part of my training I have to arrive at various places in Manhattan at either 8:00 am or 8:30 am. And depending on the location there are some days I’m up at 4:30 am or as I like to call it “o’dark thirty”. The buses aren’t running at rush hour speed until after I catch the 6:40 am ferry, so I need to be in an earlier bus than necessary in order to be on time for the ferry to be in time for the subway.
I’m not complaining though, this is what I wanted. I wanted to work in the city, I wanted a great job and God had graciously provided such for me. On the upside I get to see the most beautiful sunrises from the ferry. I’m able to see Manhattan wake up from the slumber of darkness and it’s pretty cool. Also people riding the ferry and bus this early in the morning are for the most part quiet and not prone to too much chit chat.
The subways in the other hand are a different story. There’s all types of people going to all types of destinations. Work, high school, college, the store,etc… The subway isn’t quiet unfortunately.
Today I’m on my way to the upper west side; Harlem to be exact. Honestly aside from getting up so early the commute isn’t that bad. I take a local train to an express train and I get there in about 40 minutes from the ferry in Manhattan.
The school I’ve been training at is a special needs school from grades pre k to 5th grade. The nurse training me has been wonderful, very calm and even tempered. She likes her job which I guess is why she’s go easy going. I’ll be there next week too as well as other places around Manhattan for class room training/lecture.
Today after work I get to pick up my first pay check. Exciting! I haven’t had a “real” paycheck since May so this is pretty cool. The only downside is I have to travel to downtown Brooklyn to get said paycheck. Oh well, it’s Friday I can manage the extra travel.