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post #1606 of 1742
Reasons i like to lean against the upholstered bit at the end of the carriage (preferably facing direction of travel):

You are next to the door, so can easily get off.

You are never faced with the dilemma of wondering whether to give your seat up for someone (will oldy take offence at implication that they're infirm, is she pregnant or just fat, etc), yet it is more comfortable than standing.

You are next to a window, giving you a bit of a breeze in the summer (the London underground does not have aircon). Likewise, being next to the door, you get a bit of "fresh" air at each platform. If no one is standing directly in front of the window, you have implicit authority over the degree to which it is opened.

The cushions are about 30% wider than a seat, yet are clearly not wide enough for two people (at least two strangers), thus guaranteeing you extra personal space, and reducing the risk of unwanted physical contact with the proletariate.

You have a clear view of the entire carriage, allowing you to discreetly monitor your fellow passengers.
post #1607 of 1742
They're removing the cloth from the seats on the L in Philly and replacing it with plastic/vinyl (or whatever) because of people puking, shitting, and dumping their food on them.

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post #1608 of 1742

me tooI feel like there are million upon millions of undiagnosed cases of asperger's. I think most people have it. Seriously.,

kiz3I6

post #1609 of 1742
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Originally Posted by holdtagans View Post

me tooI feel like there are million upon millions of undiagnosed cases of asperger's. I think most people have it. Seriously.,
kiz3I6

If most people have it then it's not a condition, it's just normal.

Also, most people don't have it. Most people are just selfish assholes.
Edited by Harold falcon - 12/15/13 at 8:20am
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post #1611 of 1742

I had a rather disturbing conversation with a Seoul subway operator. He said that sometimes when he sees a lone person standing on the platform and makes eye contact, he imagines him jumping in front of the train as he approaches.

post #1612 of 1742
Did he say this like it would be a good or a bad thing?
post #1613 of 1742

Wife had a good one this week: encountering a madwoman in the subway (rather than the attic) not with a dearth but a superfluity of food -- topsy-turveydom all round.

 

The lady walked onto the subway, looking only a little unkempt, carrying an enormous bag of McDonald's food, still steaming.  For a while, she was peaceably muttering to herself, and then as the volume rose, so did she, and began to look for targets.  She then strode up and down the subway car, pelting people with hot burgers -- some wrapped, some carefully unwrapped.  A few people got shotgunned with fries; she appeared to have not gone in for drink combos.

 

The only explanation I can imagine is that she remembered having had fun in a food fight as a child, and tried to initiate one in a familiar space, failing to reckon only for the lack of ammunition among the other passengers.  Never had a bite herself.

post #1614 of 1742

That's classic. If only there was video. I always hope to witness moments like this. 

post #1615 of 1742
Thread Starter 
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Originally Posted by Claghorn View Post

I had a rather disturbing conversation with a Seoul subway operator. He said that sometimes when he sees a lone person standing on the platform and makes eye contact, he imagines him jumping in front of the train as he approaches.

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Originally Posted by sugarbutch View Post

Did he say this like it would be a good or a bad thing?

It reminds me of the scene in Annie Hall where Christopher Walken tells Allen he envisions driving fast in the rain and turning head on into traffic, and then later he has to drive him to the airport in the rain.
post #1616 of 1742
So I'm taking the 49 tonight after Plenary. I get on, it's hella crowded and there are two dirtbags in the back tearing up the laminated windows. 300lb Driver stops bus, gets out, walks to the back door, gets in, tells dirtbags off and ejects them from vehicle. Bus continues up Van Ness.

BUT WAIT.

Across the aisle is sitting some jackass who is, for lack of a better description, stimulating himself in his seat. His fly is open, and he is using a fanny pack to camouflage his activity, and it's bouncing up and down.

Mind you, the bus is crowded. Some poor guy is sitting next to him while he's doing this. The sideways wheel well bench is right in front of him, and it's full. And I and several other folks are standing around him, and we can all see what he is doing. Every now and then he's flashing us.

Because it's so crowded, we all basically try to ignore him, apart from the teens who are snickering hysterically.

Once we pass Bush street or so the bus thins out a bit and the whacker moves back to the back seat - next to a woman - and starts whacking himself again.

So I decide to play white knight and head up to the driver, past the front half of the bus which is still crowded. Mid-crawl I'm called out by a colleague, and all I can do is look at her with my mouth open, point to the front of the bus, and keep going.

After climbing over a stroller, I reach the front of the bus, where the driver is giving directions to another passenger. So, I have to interrupt and say, louder than I intended, "Driver, sorry, but there's a dude playing with himself in the back."

Driver stops bus, we get out, go back in the back door, and driver bounces chili-peeler off the bus.

Back to normal. I head back to my colleague and explain what happened. She's in her 70's, and was nonplussed.
post #1617 of 1742
This is incredibly sad. Although, people have been so upset by this that I think they found out who the girl is and they will be removing the child when they find them. It was originally from "the people of septa" (Philadelphia).

post #1618 of 1742
^ frown.gif just heartbreaking. that little girl...
post #1619 of 1742

What's going on in that vid? Is she tripping or having a seizure?

post #1620 of 1742
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Originally Posted by upthewazzu View Post

What's going on in that vid? Is she tripping or having a seizure?

nodding on the H.... so sad.
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