The Rat Race (But With Actual Rats Instead of Metaphorical Ones)


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My favorite way to spend a Monday evening of late has been to watch the Running of the Rats, held every night on e.90th St. The course the rats travel is small yes, but don’t let the distance of the track dissuade you from witnessing such a transcendent display of nature at its finest. Watch them scurry with the grace of Robert Joffrey from the garbage bags next to mine and my neighbors’ doorsteps to the adjacent curb and, dare I say, beyond. Walking to the corner store takes me back to my days as a recurring contestant on Wild and Crazy Kids, jumping and dodging through obstacle courses and wearing neon. They really are everywhere. Eight in all, I kid you not. Well, seven now. Last night I stepped on one and killed it. But I didn’t feel bad about it because I’m all man. You’re more than welcome to join me next week.

3 Comments so far

  1. Chris Trent (unregistered) on September 20th, 2006 @ 5:03 pm

    what is it with the rats lately? it seems like i’m seeing them everywhere, and they’re *huge*.

    i saw an enormous kamikaze rat attack a woman on the sidewalk this morning, completely unprovoked. i am not kidding.

  2. Anna (unregistered) on September 26th, 2006 @ 7:17 am

    WILD and CRAZY KIDS! why don’t you wear neon anymore, Michael?

  3. Justin (unregistered) on September 26th, 2006 @ 7:57 pm

    Hey, it’s part of life for a newyorker. I think i’ve gotten so use to seeing them ( especially on the days when resturants and other businesses put their garbage out ) that i don’t even jump when i see the no more :-}.

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