Hares and Tortoises NYC
     by Jeff Levinson

It amazes me that we live in NYC, which is known as a fast paced city where everything is sped up, as opposed to everything in slow motion. The funny thing about that statement is, it is a fallacy.

I have lived in NYC for over a year now and have come to realize that there are 2 types of people we encounter... I call them Hares and Tortoises. A hare is someone who power walks past everyone and will almost deck you if you get in their way. They are rude and aggressive. I one time saw this woman literally run into this girl and she just kept walking with no regard, no care in the world. I remember the woman yelling at her and the girl never even acknowledged her... Welcome to NYC...

On the other hand, there are tortoises, who to me are a lot worse because they are painfully slow and never paying attention, let me take that back,,, They are paying attention... to their phones! It is utterly ridiculous how slow people are. It infuriates me to the point where I will say "Are you kidding me?" could you walk any slower" Of course they dont hear me because they are not paying attention. Why is this a problem in NYC? Well, it is impeding my progress... It becomes problematic when I need to get to a subway and a tortoise is in my way and I can't get by them! Sometimes they even walk on a zig zag where you are trying to pass them, but you can't because they are walking in a Z. We all know the story about the hare and the tortoise, and how slow and steady wins the race, but in this case, get the hell out of my way! I got places to go and things to see, and you are an obstacle in my way! Just thinking about it even yesterday, puts me in awe of how slow people are, especially in NYC... I was walking on 26th Street yesterday and this guy in front of me, I could not past him, he kept zig zagging. Why? He had his headphones on! I don't care if you are listening to headphones or earbuds, but If you can't pay attention, it makes me think you can't walk and chew gum at the same time either.

To sum up... Please pay attention to the environment around you. In all seriousness you can really hurt yourself by getting hit by a car because you are more interested in keeping up with the Kardashians on the gram. More importantly, you are slowing me down! This is not a fable, the tortoise will not beat the hares in NYC!