Waiting for the evening 2 or 3 train to arrive at Chambers Street, a 5 train appears. I hesitate to enter but a group of older men who were apparently headed to Madison Garden for a college basketball tournament insist that I board.
Older Staten Island Guy: Make room for the young lady.
(I enter the packed train surrounded by basketball fans)
They make jokes about the Knicks and then make a comment about Boston. I turn.
Me: Where are you from (thinking they were from Boston)
Older Staten Island Guy: Staten Island. Where you from?
(pointing to his basketball jacket with Celtics logo)
Young Staten Island Guy : Look I support Boston.
Me: Did your bookie buy that for you?
Young Staten Island Guy: She's funny. She makes jokes.
(Turning to the crowd, I say)
Me: How about those Red Sox
Older Staten Island Guy: They suck.
Me: Well, my Dad is from here and he tried out for the Yankees...
Older Staten Island Guy: Then you're okay. You can stay.