A lifestyle blog by Bars + Crafts founder Alissa KRG
1) When you and a stranger are walking toward each other and can't decide who goes right and who goes left
WHY ME?! This moment is the bane of my existence and happens every week. It's like you can FEEL that it's going to happen from three blocks away yet no one can prevent it.
You go right, they go right. You go left, they go left. You are pretty much staring into each other's eyes shoulder-popping at a club. Only there's no music and everyone is annoyed.
2) When you're ugly sobbing on the street
Last year when I left work late and couldn't get a cab and my mom and sister were waiting for me at a wedding gown appointment and the boutique was about to cancel my appointment, I full-on lost my shit on the corner of 20th and 5th.
This is not rational, but it was truly my only appropriate option (aside from just finding the nearest subway, but that's neither here, nor there, people!).
The best part about living in NYC? No one will EVER ask if you're ok when you're mid-breakdown on the street. And for that I am grateful.
3) When you sprint to make the subway, then it doesn't move for 10 minutes
You're on your way to work. You're speed walking down the subway stairs. You see a train is there. You immediately sprint a 4 minute mile and karate jump into the first open train car. You have the following internal monologue:
"Eff yes. I am a New Yorker, baby! No one is more NEW YORK than this New Yorker! I dare this train to leave without me! DARE!"
The train is delayed due to train traffic ahead of us. Everyone around you already knew this.
"I am awkward. No one is more awkward than this awkward turtle. I dare myself to be more awkward."
4) You run into someone you know at the least convenient time
No, Carl, I don't want to chat nose to nose on the way to the office and no, Jessica, I don't want to air hug on the street after a spin class. (Luckily neither Carl nor Jessica have any interest in doing this with me either).
5) When you're the first person at the bar and don't want to rely on your phone but there's legitimately nothing else to do
Gets there and looks for friends. No friends in sight. Internal:
"It's cool, I got this! I am an independent woman in charge of my own destiny. I will order a drink at the bar and do as the locals do."
2 minutes in:
Checks Instagram, Snapchat, and the weather app. Scrolls home screen from side to side just because. Stares at couple next to you. Couple sees you and stares back. Immediately goes back to weather app.
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