I, like many people, commute to work by train everyday!! In Boston it's known as the "T." Taking the train to work is really easy and for the most part doesn't really bother me. I enjoy not having to worry about parking and whether there will be traffic that day. My commute door to door is at most 30 minutes, like I said - pretty easy!
I've recently started to pay attention to the people around me on the train (I probably should be paying attention all the time...) and have found myself either shaking my head in disbelief that someone can do such things in public or screaming silently to myself, willing my stop to arrive! Below are some of my favorite infractions that commuters and train operators make!
The person that does not have enough time in their morning routine to put their make-up on AT HOME!! The best is watching a girl attempt to put liquid eyeliner on - good luck getting a straight line with all the stops!
via - not me although sort of looks like it!
Taking the train with people that are not normal commuters - for example Red Sox fans that flock into the city during what feels like the entire year - but is really only during baseball season - which somehow lasts an eternity!
The best part is that almost all trains go to Fenway and they all seem to flock to the train that I'm on!!
Now we come to the person that has annoyed us all - regardless of where we are!! The loud obnoxious cellphone talker! Even worse when they are talking about private matters! I've witnessed a girl break-up with her boyfriend, a guy find out his girlfriend (i think) was cheating on him and a son getting berated by his mom for not calling enough!
Number 4 is dedicated to all things train operator related.
- The train operator that decides for no particular reason to drive the train like he stole it! I feel bad for people that have motion sickness all the time - because at some points I'm surprised I've made it off the train alive.
- Why is it that on some days I can stand over the yellow line but other days I have to be behind the yellow line? This one I just don't get!
- The train operator that decides to take the train "express" during rush hour when you're coming home exactly one stop before yours!!!
- Waiting 20 minutes for the right train to come and then it's packed...this is not the train operators fault, however, due to the lack of trains in service, happens more often than not! (rant over!)
This perfectly explains how I feel when I make it onto a packed train!
This is my personal favorite- the person that just can't get enough sleep at home. I don't think you can fully appreciate a commute until someone has fallen asleep on you. I can't find the picture of the girl who fell asleep on me - but I guess we've all had those really long days!
And now I'll leave you with how I feel when I come to the platform and my train is approaching!