Long walk home

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Summer heat underground

New York’s subway stations are a subterranean maze of dank spaces with no relief from the heat when the trains are delayed.  The heat doesn’t even let up at night.  It actually feels like it’s trapped down there with you.

The heat is enough to drive anyone a little crazy.  Imagine what it does to people who are already crazy…people who may just happen to cross paths with you in an empty subway station at night.

Also, when you are in the subway, you are below the level at which bodies are buried, six feet underground.  I’m sure that does something to the mind’s of people who think they see ghosts, too.




Loneliness is a palpable thing.  It can eat away at every part of you.  It gets you to be silent and hear sounds you never heard before and whose origin you can’t explain.  It’s scary to be alone and think of how long it would take for anyone to even find you if something bad happened to you.  Scaring yourself like this is a good thing if it gets you to go out and meet new people.  Always try new things.  Unfinished business is a good motivator to get through bad times.


Will you ever be seen again

Waking home at night can be a relaxing experience in the warm weather.  It can also be traumatic if you see something move out of the corner of your eye and hide behind something in your path.  Will you make it home safely or will you never be seen again?


Entering and not leaving

Snow is pristine when it is untouched. It’s scary, though, to see footprints in the snow that you know you didn’t make leading up to your house and no additional footprints walking away as if whoever made them in the snow never left.



Deep freeze in January and no quick way to escape

The winter is just starting and already there are nights when the temperature has dropped to zero.  When you live in a spread out area and have to drive to get anywhere, it’s scary to think you are frozen in place because of the weather.  It takes a long time for your car to warm up and be ready to go.  Black ice in the roads slows you down from making a quick retreat from a bad situation.  You could also get snowed in and physically be unable to leave.  Then you couldn’t escape whatever is out there.


Longest night of the year

Tonight is the winter solstice, the shortest day and longest night of the year.  The days will get longer after today, but for tonight the darkness seems endless.  Anything can happen in the dark.



Night in the winter

The air is cold as winter approaches.  Everything seems dead as the temperature drops each night.  Sometimes you can get a glimpse of motion or some semblance of life where it seems impossible for it to exist.  Here is an isolated bank of fog or smoke of some kind that came out of nowhere and dissipated just as quickly.



Alone in the city

Even in a city of 8 million people, late at night you can find yourself completely alone.  Those are the times you wonder how many of those 8 million are completely psychotic.