Tuesday, 8 February 2011

Rush Hour

Yesterday was a typical Monday. It was snowing out and I was tired so I left the office 15 minutes early to try and beat the rush hour crowds.

Luck was on my side! As I went into the metro car, what did I see but an empty seat! Empty seats are like gold at rush hour! What a break. I sat down, pulled out my iPod to read, and that’s when it started.

Dali probably got a seat on the metro
 “Yip yip…..eeek…..eeek…….brrrrrrrr….eeeeeeee….eeep... eeep.....eeeeeeep”. I should have known. The woman sitting beside me thought she was some sort of animal, or maybe a bird. I have nothing against people that think they’re wildlife, but it can be a bit unnerving when you’re not prepared. I didn’t have any treats to give her, or string to keep her busy.  Why didn't I realize that all those people with noses buried in books PREFERRING TO STAND were doing it for a reason?

Proves the old adage 'If something seems too good to be true, it is'. Is there a saying 'There’s no such thing as a free seat'?  If not, there should be.

Actually, I liked the eeek eeek woman.  Other than making noises, she wasn't bothering anyone.  She was just a tad on the eccentric side.  Maybe she was going home to work on a cure for some disease or to complete her Penguin/English Dictionary.

Maybe I'll try making some noises on my way home.  Seems like the easiest way to avoid the crowds.


  1. That's one thing I don't miss about my old city life; public transportation weirdos!

  2. When I lived in Toronto, I seemed to be a magnet for that kind of person and if there was an empty seat next to mine, you could bet they would be the one to sit down beside me. But it kept things interesting - I once had an drunk Irishman dance a pitching jig for me! What fun!

  3. Ah yes. Nothing like public transportation. Full of surprises, never boring :)

  4. I'm trying to leave a comment and can't stop laughing! Ok, I'm fine...seems like a great way to get people to leave you alone! I might take the bus downtown just to give it a try! LOL

  5. Haaaaaaaaaaaa, your punch line beat me to the comment I'd figured on leaving! Oh gosh, I DO not miss the rush hour London tube commute I used to take (usually crammed standing, squashed under the fragrant armpit of a Neo Nazi). Ahh, those were the days.. (shudder)