Monday, February 2, 2009

NYC: The World's Rat Capital?

I'm forcing myself to be able to look at rats.

I completely realize that my fear of rats is unreasonable, especially considering I probably live in the rat capital of the world. So a few weeks ago, when I was waiting for a train by myself, I didn't turn away when I saw a rat frolicking in the subway tracks. I looked him dead in the eye.

And then I looked for more. I saw somewhere between two and five. I know there were at least two because I saw them playing a game of tag. My other sightings could have been just those two, over and over again. Hard to say.

Before, I consciously avoided gazing where I thought the rats were lurking. But when Paul and I were waiting for a train together a few weeks ago, we tried to pass the time by having a contest to see who could find the most rats. Alas, our train came before any were spotted.

On Friday, however, when I was actually on the subway, I spied a rat running down the platform. I don't think I'll ever be able to accustom myself to that.


  1. A rat scurried by Joe's leg and into the sewer in Bangkok. It just solidified his disgust for the city. I'm glad I didn't see it.

  2. Yuck, yuck, yuck.

    Baltimore rats are (in)famous. They are HUGE. I saw one on election night, when I was driving home really late, that looked as big as a small cat. No joke.



Related Posts Plugin for WordPress, Blogger...