Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Stroller Rage

I have never used a stroller more in my life. After doing research and talking with Bonnie about stroller usage in NYC, I bought a Maclaren triumph. It's a high quality umbrella stroller, with a basket underneath. It's compact, lightweight and easy to use. The basket is a bit small, but what do you expect for an umbrella stroller?

I, clearly, should have waited until I got here to buy a stroller, because apparently the proper thing to do is buy a stroller roughly the size of a Chevy Suburban. Then place your little darling in a sweater, coat, and hat (make sure the ears are covered!), then cover the baby in a sheepskin covering (or better yet, just place a live lamb on her lap), and head off. Never mind the fact that you, yourself, are wearing a short sleeve t-shirt and it's 22 degrees out. (I don't know what that means either.) Your baby must be freezing!

It's probably all that extra space in her ginormous stroller. Maybe there are airconditioners built in. That would make sense.

These strollers are so obnoxious, I don't know why you would feel the need for one. I guess they are expensive, so therefore, cool.

And another note. On all but the super new trams, there is only one car where strollers and wheelchairs can go. The other cars all have stairs. So, if you have trouble walking, it also makes sense for you to be in this car.

But, if you are healthy, it makes no sense at all to be in the one spot where people with limitations can go. I mean, are we so lazy that we can't step up two stairs? I've seen cars practically empty, but the handicapped car (where we are because of the stroller) is packed with people. Why? Why would you want to be there? I don't understand it.

And don't tell me that all these people have non-obvious problems that make negotiating two stairs difficult. I don't buy it for one second.


  1. I loved my Maclaren when I lived in NY--I remember having to put "tip-me-not" weights on the front so it wouldn't tip over when I had all of my refridgerated groceries hanging on the handles (the rest I would have delivered)--

    Those were the days! My stroller was my life!--
    I also remember cab drivers avoiding us whenever they would see a stroller...talk about lazy! I guess having to pop the trunk was too taxing for them...

    I was in really great shape when I lived in NY!--I'm actually jealous that you are living the "stroller life"

  2. Oh, I hate it when lazy people take up the stroller space! It especially irritates me when I try to get on an elevator with my stroller and can't because it is full of teenagers or otherwise healthy-looking people. Use the stairs!

    And I don't understand why people overdress their children. Good heavens, the poor kids are melting to death.

  3. Oh man, Bonnie beat me to it. It drives me crazy when there is a long line to use an elevator and half the people (usually teenagers) in line could use the escalator right next to the elevator. This frequently causes me to break the rules and take the stroller on the escalator. I know, I'm a bad parent.