Bob Epstein, Nightly News Executive Producer, writes: As the M4 bus tried to make it down an ice-covered Fifth Avenue this morning, New Yorkers muttered about why there wasn't more salt on the sidewalks. A few too many of my fellow passengers had done the slip-on-a-banana-peel routine while trying to negotiate the sidewalk and came on board looking for a little relief. As everyone piled in, no one moved to the back. Tension was building. A voice (a dead-ringer for Ted Williams, who just passed his moment of fame and is now in some heated rehab center after an intervention by Dr. Phil) came over the PA system to try and move the crowd:
"I will open the rear door for 20 dollars."
A nervous chuckle. No one moved.
"Ladies and gentlemen, there is free beer in the back of the bus. Free beer, compliments of Mayor Bloomberg."
And finally: "This is Leo, your fabulous and fantabulous M4 driver, making all express stops on our way to our final destination: Orlando. Be safe, be well."
The pressure off--we knew we'd survive the day.