Thursday, January 10, 2008

I smell a rat

I saw my first New York City rat.

Actually, I think it's the first rat I've ever seen.

I was just starting to descend the steps to the subway after work Monday, and there it was on one of the middle stairs. I briefly considered going down anyway, but I couldn't bring myself to do it. Luckily there's lots of subway entrances around my work, so I just crossed the street to another one. A couple of guys coming up the stairs saw the rat, too, but they weren't as stunned by it as I was. I think one of them got out a camera.

Surprisingly, I've only seen one mouse in New York, and that too was at the subway. This one was on the tracks on Saturday as Paul and I were waiting for a train to take us to the Brooklyn Museum. That one gave me only a slight shudder.

As much as our kitties sometimes annoy me, I do like that they probably keep the mice away from our apartment. I know my fear is irrational, but it's probably not going away anytime soon.


  1. That's funny Diane, because I saw a few rats while I was there in the subway!

  2. friend Megan had a similar experience in downtown Baltimore, where she lives. She's an overnight reporter at one of the TV stations here, so she is out at odd hours and sometimes sees rats. Baltimore's rats are legendary--HUGE. I have yet to see one myself, though, and I hope it stays that way.



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