I mean, who wouldn't want to take Donald Trump's advice on dating and fidelity? Don't you believe in LOVE?
Anyway, MTA chairman Joseph Lhota also has a twitter and, although this twitter was profiled in the New York Times last month, it escaped my notice until this weekend, and now I'm kind of officially obsessed. Why the obsession? I guess it's because Lhota's twitter is so clearly his own voice and it's rare to get an unfiltered look into the thoughts of public officials who operates at such an elite level. I mean, do they laugh at the same things that us ordinary MTA-using peons do? Do they drunk tweet just like the rest of us? Do they habitually retweet the same novelty account over and over again because they just think it's so. damn. funny?
It turns out, they do! Or at least Lhota does on this, his personal account. You know it's his personal account because he says it right there in his bio, which reads in full, "Native New Yorker, 9-11 survivor, life-long Yankees fan, Hoya. This is a personal Twitter account; not a business-related account." So even though people might be tempted to pester Lhota about slow-running F trains or dirty C trains, he won't answer you. It doesn't really matter though because there are PLENTY of other reasons to follow him. Check out the following tweets, and get a peek into the method and the madness of the head of the MTA.
Of course the head of the MTA is a fan of the Yankees. Gigantic, money-making, soul-sucking entities have to stick together. Plus, you'd be a fool not to take public transportation to Yankee Stadium. At the last game I went to, Mets legend John Franco rode the 4 train home after the game with me and hundreds of other fans. I think the Yankees are to the subway system as the Mets are to buses. Yeah, I really think I'm going to stick with that analogy.
He doesn't ALWAYS know what's happening with the MTA's fare hikes. Hey, that's just like us! We don't have any idea what the MTA is proposing either!
He really likes to retweet Drunk Hulk a lot. Joe Lhota really seems to respond to caps-locked tweets. But, then, who doesn't, you know?
He reads Brooklyn Magazine. So, in summary, Joe Lhota is amazing and has impeccable taste. This is the lesson we all learned today.
Also, we learned that Donald Trump really likes to offer celebrities dating advice.
Follow Kristin Iversen on twitter @kmiversen even though she is no Joe Lhota