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post #61 of 1742
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Originally Posted by patrickBOOTH View Post

I that whenever somebody decides to strike up a conversation with you for whatevr reason, everybody is staring at the both of you. They know it was a somewhat random event and need to see how it plays out. I hate people. There was this one time these very obviously gay man was bothering the shit out of me about my clothes and asking me all kinds of personal questions. Everybody's eyes were glued to us. It was awkward.

Sometimes, when I feel melancholy, I ride the trains and buses in the hopes of someone talking to me about my clothes and such stuff.

I envy you.
post #62 of 1742

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Sometimes, when I feel melancholy, I ride the trains and buses in the hopes of someone talking to me about my clothes and such stuff.
I envy you.


+1. My favorite subway rides are generally when people talk to me. Alas, it hasn't happened in a while now.

post #63 of 1742
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+1. My favorite subway rides are generally when people talk to me. Alas, it hasn't happened in a while now.

I found on the London Underground if someone was trying to strike-up a conversation with me, it was because they where up to no good, trying to sell bootleg cigarettes or some other nefarious things.

Here when someone starts a conversation with me on public transport, it's usually because they want to practise their English. I've even managed to get some good private tuition work this way as well.
Edited by MikeDT - 11/29/11 at 4:16am
post #64 of 1742
I usually don't have many public transport issues here (people are very courteous) but I would like to add The Chatterbox if it hasn't already been stated. These are the people that talk as loud and annoyingly as possible (either on their phone or to others).
post #65 of 1742
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Funny follow-up to this story. I saw this guy again. I was buying some things at a bodega and he walked in and grabbed a half-gallon tub of ice cream. His eyes were beet red and his words were all weird. He was looking really hard at what I was holding and said, "What healthy choices you made." I told him that I was just buying certain things at my girlfriend's request. Once I said this he liked flicked his wrist at me annoyed and stormed off. I don't think he wanted to hear "girlfriend". But yeah, he was high as a kite.

idk why, but this made me literally laugh out loud.

Also, you seem to engage in violent fantasies rather often... are you also yelling obscenities at waitresses that can't hear you over the loud music?
post #66 of 1742
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Originally Posted by bringusingoodale View Post

Sometimes, when I feel melancholy, I ride the trains and buses in the hopes of someone talking to me about my clothes and such stuff.
I envy you.
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+1. My favorite subway rides are generally when people talk to me. Alas, it hasn't happened in a while now.
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I found on the London Underground if someone was trying to strike-up a conversation with me, it was because they where up to no good, trying to sell bootleg cigarettes or some other nefarious things.
Here when someone starts a conversation with me on public transport, it's usually because they want to practise their English. I've even managed to get some good private tuition work this way as well.

Oh man, it happens to me all of the time. My friends laugh because it is always me. When it is a crazy person for some reason out of everybody they look at me and think that I have the same exact views as them and I am on their page. Makes no sense. Also, people like to talk to me about my clothes often. I don't know why, I am certaintly not the best dresser, but always dressed "up". It is generally people that I have seen around a lot in my routine and they decide to meet me. Sometimes the crazy and the fashionista is one in the same. This one guy started going on about how he has a whole room in his apartment with just ties, he has over 2,000 of them. He also told me that I need to check out the Florisheim store because they make the best shoes and if I want to be really classy that is where I need to go. rolleyes.gif I humored him, he didn't mean any harm.

One time there was like 15 year old black kid that comes up to me and tells me that my suit is tailored well, but "as a tailor, from my perspective the sleeves need slimming." I wanted to strangle him.
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idk why, but this made me literally laugh out loud.
Also, you seem to engage in violent fantasies rather often... are you also yelling obscenities at waitresses that can't hear you over the loud music?

Of course this whole thread is very tongue-in-cheek, but only a loophole to the truths of the transit system. In my bizzaro world I get to live out all of these things without any consequence. In actuality I am very kind and charming unless you are being an outright dick for no reason or something.
post #67 of 1742
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My previous post made me think of the other kind of person you might encounter on the subway:

The Hungry Racist: This is exactly how it sounds. This is the angry guy spouting on about the most racist things you have ever heard on the train. Remember, there is no arguing or reasoning with crazy people. Don't even try to argue with him. My friend did and he latched his jaw right on him and took a bite. The night ended with a nice rabies cocktail at the hospital.
post #68 of 1742
I didn't think you would really start to hit people. Can sympathize with the thought though.

I must say although I take the subway a lot, there are not too many crazies there. Well of course there are, but at the times I'm in, it isn't too crowded so it's bearable. A bonus of living in Berlin - yes, there are a lot of people here but the city is so large that it doesn't get too crowded.
post #69 of 1742
It's already been said, but the people who won't move out of the way when you're trying to get off the subway. Most of the time it's not a problem, but on one particularly stressful morning I was blocked by some kid (18 or 19). I was at the front of the line of a very crowded subway car. I basically said, "Screw this kid" in my head. As soon as the doors open I plowed right over him. Didn't even hesitate (this is within a month of moving here from TX). Turns out he had a buddy with him and they both kinda started mouthing off, but nothing happened. I just looked back and said, "get out of the way next time." I'm lucky it didn't escalate, though. Probably won't be doing that again.
post #70 of 1742
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It's already been said, but the people who won't move out of the way when you're trying to get off the subway. Most of the time it's not a problem, but on one particularly stressful morning I was blocked by some kid (18 or 19). I was at the front of the line of a very crowded subway car. I basically said, "Screw this kid" in my head. As soon as the doors open I plowed right over him. Didn't even hesitate (this is within a month of moving here from TX). Turns out he had a buddy with him and they both kinda started mouthing off, but nothing happened. I just looked back and said, "get out of the way next time." I'm lucky it didn't escalate, though. Probably won't be doing that again.

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post #71 of 1742
I think the true problem for many of you is that your image does not fit your method of transportation.
post #72 of 1742
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No, I don't think that is the "true" problem at all. The true problem is that most people are self-centered assholes.
post #73 of 1742
Maybe, but you can't ride around on a crowded subway with a nice new pair of polished shoes and expect that they won't get scuffed from time to time. If you don't want your shoes to get scuffed, take a taxi. Better yet, move somewhere less crowded.
post #74 of 1742
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You are missing the entire point. The point isn't my shoes, but behavior. Sure I get irritated when my shoes get stepped on, but there are far greater offenses discussed here.

An sitting in taxis wrinkles my trousers...
post #75 of 1742
You will be much happier when you start to expect less from humanity.
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