I rolled out of bed

I rolled out of bed this morning, brushed my teeth, pulled on gym shorts and walked to the Spring street New York Sports club to meet my trainer Jason Bravo. The block of Broadway in front of the club was blocked off, though, and there were three or four fire trucks surounding an open manhole cover. All the NYSC trainers were out in front — Jason told me that a manhole cover had blown off, and that the building was “filled with carbon dioxide!” He pointed to the open cover — clouds of acrid, plasticky-smelling steam were coming out. A firefighter was playing a stream of water all around the hole. Intermittently, flashes of blue-white light shone from underground, and sizzling and popping noises could be heard coming from under the street. Hurrah! Aging infrastructure snow day for me and my workout!!

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