You can see it when you walk down the street, ride on a train, or stand in line. So many people walking, standing, or sitting right next to each other and all so busy minding their own business that they hardly even look at each other.
Every now and then you randomly run into someone you know. You think: Wow! What a coincidence running into you like this! Of all the people in the city, I randomly ran into someone I know!
But it's not really that big a surprise, is it? We walk by so many people each day while we're not really paying attention. On the walk to the train: 20, at the platform: 80, in the same car of the train: 120, through Penn Station: at least a few hundred. And that's just getting to work in the morning.
People and more people, everywhere. Each one in their own little world, thinking their own thoughts, hiding behind their sunglasses, listening to their own music, talking on their cellphones.
What always baffles me is how 8 million people can be so close and yet so far away at the same time.
It's strange to watch people in the city. Lots of people, crammed into a relatively small space, carefully and studiously ignoring each other.