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Thursday, November 12, 2009

Inside Seat Or Good Coffee

Today I was presented with a classic dilemma: Inside Seat or Dunkin' Donuts Coffee?

OMD (f/k/a OYD), who recently got her license and has now taken complete possesion of the Camry formely known as My Camry, drives me to the train station every morning.

Here's the problem:

The coffee at the coffee shop at the Woodmere station is, how shall I say?...undrinkable. (How people actually drink that stuff day in and day out is a mystery beyond the scope of this post). While Dunkin' Donuts coffee (available at the Hewlett station) is not at the apex of coffeedom, it is worlds better than the Woodmere stuff.

(An aside: I did not have time to make a cup of far suprior Flavia Sumatra coffee at home).

But, if I go to Hewlett, I give up any chance of getting an inside window seat on a three-seat bench. The inside seat of a three seat bench (on a train that is unlikely to be so crowded that the middle seat gets occupied) is one of life's small pleasures. I roll up into a ball and read my Wall Street Journal. If the nearby yentas get too loud, I put on my Bose Quiet Comfort 3 headphones. Life is good at the window seat.

What would you do?



  • At 12:43 PM, Blogger mamee said…

    Take the seat. Have the coffee when you get into NYC.

  • At 1:43 PM, Blogger OOS said…

    I don't know dad-- I've got to go with an aisle seat even if a window seat is open- at least there is air to breathe (or maybe its just the Israeli buses).

  • At 2:23 PM, Blogger MoChassid said…


    But it's a triple seat. The middle seat is always open so I don't get mushed or have to sit next to a smoker.

  • At 3:41 PM, Blogger OOS said…

    got it

  • At 5:22 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Sun Tzu: use a perceived disadvantage to your advantage. Get the coffee at Hewlett and then curl up in the overhead luggage rack on the LIRR. You may never get hagbah, but at least you'll always have a place to yourself on the train.

  • At 10:33 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Go to Hewlett stop--get the DD coffee--when you get on the train, SIT in the middle seat (that is always open) and start sneezing/hacking away. Soon you will have many seats to choose from!

  • At 10:08 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Why not brew your own at home before you leave?

  • At 11:11 AM, Blogger ThePeoplesChamp said…

    Leave 5 minutes earlier, get DD in Lawrence, go to the Cedarhurst stop and get the window seat.
    You can have your coffee and seat it too!

  • At 2:28 PM, Blogger MoChassid said…

    HF and TPC

    Are you economists assuming facts?

    The situation was what the situation was. I came home from Shul, picked up OMD, had no time to brew my Flavia Sumatra, and drove to the station. I could either go to Hewlett or Woodmere, but not both, if I wanted to make the train.

    Either the inside seat or the coffee.

    Pretty simple.

  • At 9:20 PM, Blogger ThePeoplesChamp said…

    Go with the Coffee and Aisle seat. You need fuel to run the engine.

  • At 11:40 PM, Blogger uberimma said…

    Go to Woodmere and get a Diet Coke.

  • At 9:44 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Maybe you should bring your Bose Quiet Comfort 3 headphones to shul on friday nights

  • At 11:45 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    no post about Belechik going for it on 4th and 2?

  • At 11:14 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Start a campaign to have LIRR start selling DD coffee on the train--they can sell at a premium and make a killing--problem solved!

  • At 8:07 PM, Blogger Eliyahu said…

    oy, these tough choices! does anyone die either way?

    consider carrying a flask of Stoli for these occasions...exhale on a few people, and you'll have whatever seat you want, although you may forget why it was so important.


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