My hours recently shifted from 10-6 to 9-5, and I'm actually not irritated that I have to get up earlier (because as anyone in my family can attest, early has never been a problem for me). But on my way home today I experienced for the first time a Wall St subway station at 5:05 pm, and it has frightened me to the depths of my very soul. Commuters pouring down the stairs onto the platform in such numbers that pretty soon people weren't even able to get all the way down the stairs, and yet they kept coming. Either rats or lemmings come to mind, possibly both. At 6:05 pm I can almost always get a seat on the way home, but an hour earlier I'm lucky to get anywhere near the train to begin with. Oh financial district, you so crazy.