• And so I continue in borderline poverty, save for my one indulgence, no, my single absolute necessity: I take cabs. Yes, on occasion, when I wish to see what people with unpleasant skin conditions are wearing, I do take the subway. I have never, I am proud to say, taken the bus, because people who take the bus have given up.

    Paul Rudnick (2009). “I Shudder: And Other Reactions to Life, Death, and New Jersey”, Harper