Taking public transportation has brought to light a whole new world. One where most chivalry is dead. I take a bus and a train daily now and let me tell you…it is an all man for themselves type of environment. People push, shove, take seats without a blink of an eye. It is amazing that only sometimes an elderly person will be offered a seat.
But then you get an occasional glimpse of chivalry. A man might let you get onto the bus before him or offer you his seat even if he got their first. Those moments make me smile and realize all is right in the world. That is until some lady freaks out because she got pushed, but then proceeds to lean on me the whole train ride from Farragut West to Pentagon (on one of the hottest days of the year). Not cool.
But on a side note, I am loving my new hunter rain boots! I also enjoy my new waterproof Cole Haan flats. They are a little tight though so I have to check out pinterest for a stretching technique! I do need to get a smaller umbrella. Mine does fit in my purse, but it gets kinda heavy!
I have been doing the public transportation thing for 5 months now and have noticed a few things that I can’t seem to wrap my brain around.
1. Music blaring from headphones- doesn’t it hurt your ears? If I can hear it, you sure as crap can hear it!!!!! Then I wonder, do they know everyone can hear their music? Is my music that loud?
2. Cell phone conversations….don’t have an extended conversation on your cell phone within a confined space. I get it you might need to have a quick few minute chat, but is it necessary to talk on the phone from the minute you get on the bus until you get off? I wouldn’t care so much if the bus wasn’t packed, but you are sitting right next to me so I can hear your whole conversation.
3. School groups who take the metro during rush hour. They don’t belong on the metro at that time and they take up a whole lot of space, don’t know how to hold on or get out of the way when people are getting on/off the train.
4. Overall, I do find most people are very good about standing on the right and walking on the left when it comes to the escalators. And most people are decent about getting onto the train and moving in to allow everyone to jam themselves into the car.
I have found the need to break down and by rain boots. I also bought a pair of waterproof ballet flats that I am excited to try out! I cannot wait until they arrive. We most likely won’t have rain in the forecast for the foreseeable future now that I am fully prepared to brave the elements.