Fuck you very much, MTA.
Every single day that I venture out into the world (at least when I am in NYC), I end up having to ride on the Escalator of Insanity (see photo). The EOS is the conveyance that takes me down to my subway platform, and its approximately equal to about five flights of stairs. Actually, it's three separate escalators. In theory, one should be going down and two up (or vice versa) depending on rush hour. But given the status of the NYC transit system, we are lucky if two of them are working. And the usual status is that just one EOS is running in the up direction. And sometimes, we are just shit out of luck.
When hundreds of people get off a train and then jockey for position on the single functioning up EOS (because only the really weird uber motivated exercise freaks actually walk up the Stairs of Insanity which are adjacent to the EOS), it creates quite a log jam. It is a long two minute ride when someone stranger's butt is less that a foot from your face.
So when they recently tore up the EOS for a week or so, we hoped it would be a sign of more reliable service of all three escalators. Not so.
No, no... the MTA's priorities are not aligned with those of the common people. In fact, they are much more mysterious in how they choose to spend our hard earned tax dollars.
When the work was done, rather than having three working EOS's... we had two but with the added bonus feature of speakers. Speakers that blare unintelligible messages on a continual basis. It's sort of like being in Charlie Brown world. " Mwaahh mwah mmwahh mmmwah escalator". "Mwwwwwah escalator mwah mwa mwa mmmwahhh." "Have a nice day."
Yeah, for some reason you can hear the "Have a nice day" message, but the dire warnings about how to properly ride the EOS without getting killed are completely muffled. Because, you know, so many people were getting killed and maimed on the EOS before the speakers were installed. Thanks, MTA, for wasting money on stupid ass "safety measures". Do me a favor and just burn that money on the tracks next time.