The MTA never tells you anything, so I was left to stew on the platform at Union Square, wondering why in the fuck the trains were so slow during rush hour. Turns out a building on E. 62nd blew up this morning.
But here’s the part where I say to Al Qaeda, “Fuck you, you fucking fucks.” They’ve ruined building collapses. Ruined them! It used to be that the first thing that leapt to mind was a gas leak if a building blew up, or insurance fraud; if the building collapsed, you usually thought there must have been some kind of construction debacle. Buildings blow up now and then, and fall down on occasion. In a more innocent time, we wouldn’t have to get a quote like this in a local story about a building explosion:
White House press secretary Tony Snow said there is no suspicion of terrorism in the explosion.
I’ll say it again: Fuck you, you fucking fucks.
UPDATE: One more thing we never had to worry about before, either: suspiciously-timed and not-very-credible reports of plots to blow up tunnels, or take down the Brooklyn Bridge with blowtorches.