Cities are packed, jammed, polluted, and tough to move around in. It doesn’t matter whether you live there, work there, or just visit. Getting around the city can be hard work, uncomfortable, and even thoroughly unpleasant. But what turns you off about the city might not bother the guy sat next to you. Perhaps you don’t like the bus because the noise of shrieking kids on the school run gives you a headache? Or maybe you just don’t like the smell of the subway? Does the mode of transport you choose say anything about your personality or outlook on life though?
I have been commuting into work and riding the MTA 7 train for many years, in those years I have seen and heard many things. Too many to remember and for years I said I was going to write about it. Well today is the first of what could be a series of some of the fun things I see and hear on my way to work riding the 7 train.
While on the 7 train commuting into work today. I notice two young males (mid to late 20s if I had to guess) occupying four seats on the train. disturbed by this I waited to see if they would eventually offer a seat and slide over as the train got more packed. As we got to new stops they did not budge. Then the next thing I saw really irked me. A clearly pregnant woman got on the train and still they acted no different, not offering up the seat. Yes, I offered my seat but waited a few minutes to observe the behaviors of the two males.