Monday, April 26, 2010

Where in the World is J.D. Robb?

While putting books away today, Strangers in Death by J.D. Robb (aka Nora Roberts) caught my eye. Most books have no author photo or a generic stock photo of the author in their home. This one, however, is a bit different:

First, it's obvious that this is photoshopped - the lighting on her face is all wrong for a dimly lit subway station. I'm not interesting in the photo of Mrs. Roberts; instead, I'm curious exactly what dimly it subway station this is.

The subway car is a Bombardier R62A, which places this on the New York City subway, specifically the 1, 7, and S trains. The red dot and blurred white numeral places this as a local 1 train.

Now, take a look at the sign in the upper left. Ho____on St_____. The only station that matches is Houston Street. That narrows it down to within a few hundred feet.

The full length of the train is visible, so she's either at the north end of the northbound platform or the south end of the southbound platform. There's no way to figure out which without being there.

Since there's only one person visible on the platform, and a train is either arriving or departing, we can assume it's in the early morning.

4 comments:

fencer_22 said...

how can someone in a sport have this much free time

The EGE said...

Cause it rained yesterday, that's why.

Teresa said...

I really enjoyed your I'm-bored-in-a-rainy-day hobbie :thumbsup:

The EGE said...

Thanks, Teresa!