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THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 22, 2016
The Rockaway Times
COMMUTER TALES
MOUSE IN THE HOUSE
By Mary Tufts
My boss is an animal lover.
Not a dog or cat person, but a
real animal lover. No cheese-
burger has ever crossed Lu-
cy’s lips. Normally, this is
not much of a work issue. Til
one day we had a mouse run-
ning around the office. The
exterminator was called, and
Lucy was distraught.
As the fateful hour ap-
proached, she persuaded
me to help her catch the
mouse. It was a matter of life
and death! Needing a break,
I agreed. I held a paper
bag strategically while she
chased the mouse into it. I’m
surprised the tiny creature
didn’t die of a heart attack,
but he seemed quite lively in
the bag.
Thinking that midtown
Manhattan wasn’t the best
place for a mouse, Lucy con-
sidered alternatives. We had
a meeting in White Plains
later in the day, and that
seemed to suggest some pos-
sibilities. We left the office
with Mr. Mouse in his paper
bag, secured with a string.
The ride on the 6 train
to Grand Central was un-
eventful. A few strange
looks, but this is NYC. Most
people ignored us, and the
tiny sounds coming from
our wiggling bag.
Waiting at Grand Central,
Lucy thought about the op-
tions. A Brooklyn girl, she
didn’t know White Plains.
But it had to be better than
23rd Street for a mouse, no?
There had to be trees and
grass, right? I had some
doubts, but kept them to
myself. The train came and
we boarded. Lucy fell asleep
and I settled in to read.
Suddenly, I was inter-
rupted by screaming and
a woman across the aisle
jumping up on her seat. A
quick glance told me that
Mr. Mouse had eaten his
way out of his paper sack,
and was now running down
the aisle of the train, be-
ing greeted by screams
and laughter. One man was
trying to feed him potato
chips, while another was
pursuing him with a rolled
newspaper.
As the mouse made his way
down the car, the screams
and laughter followed. One
woman was so upset she
leaped up on the seats and
in her frantic need to hold
onto something, pulled the
emergency cord. The con-
ductor came running. His
relief that the shrieking
did not mean someone had
been murdered on his train
quickly evaporated.
Meanwhile, Lucy, fearing
for the mouse’s safety, had
begun to chase him through
the train. She had dumped
the contents of her purse on
the seat and hoped to use
the bag to secure him. The
conductor intervened, cor-
ralling her in the vestibule
and demanding to know
what was going on. She ex-
plained, and he threatened
to have her arrested, or, at
the very least, “throw her
f*&%$^# a%$ off this train.”
The train suddenly came
to an abrupt, unsched-
uled stop in Bronxville. Mr.
Mouse was last seen run-
ning off down the platform.
It was a long cab ride to
White Plains.
(Mary Tufts sends us oc-
casional Commuter Tales
which might otherwise be
just another day in the life
of many commuters.)
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