Word on the street: "Know what this tie says?"

The scene: The orange line metro on New Year's Eve. A very happy, very inebriated crowd is packed into six cars. Susannah and Jacob have just caught the gaze of one such passenger who has a geometrically patterned tie on.

Drunkie: Hey! HEY! See my tie? Like my tie? like it?

Susannah: Oh, yeah. It looks like MC Escher.

Drunkie: Yeah. YEAH! It's like Usher!

We all blink. He proceeds unfazed.

Drunkie: And you know what this tie says? KNOW WHAT IT SAYS? It says happy f^@$ing 2009!

And thus began the new year.