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Subway and Public Transportation Etiquette - The People We Encounter

Discussion in 'General Chat' started by patrickBOOTH, Nov 18, 2011.

  1. E TF

    E TF Senior member

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    My commute was a 10 minute walk door to door a few years ago. Trouble is that meant I ended up spending longer in the office than others. Never seemed fair to me that just because someone has chosen to live miles away it's ok for them to be out the door at 5.30, but I'd get dirty looks if I did the same because everyone knows I'm just round the corner.

    Decided if you can't beat them, join them and moved out of London to the country.
     
  2. patrickBOOTH

    patrickBOOTH Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    20 minutes.
     
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    In between an apartment and a closing for a condo I lived with my girlfriend for a month in Midwood, Brooklyn. Way the fuck out there. My commute went from 15 minutes to over an hour. I wanted to put a bullet in my head every last minute of that month. To make matters worse the subways were messed up on the weekends due to construction for that month. One day on the bus it took me over 3 hours to get to Manhattan. I was so pissed, another 4 and I could have been in Europe. I was also very nauseous on that bus and when I finally got off it was like 90 degrees outside and I seriously thought about offing myself.
     
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    Yeah...parts of Midwood has some beautiful homes, but it is out there commute wise.
     
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    patrickBOOTH Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    Yeah, she had a giant 2 bedroom for like $1,000 a month. She lives with me now and she misses how cheap the grocery stores were there. Also, they had the weirdest kinds of foods you can only get out there. She still makes trips to get good blood kalbasa and weird fish that I would never touch.
     
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    Between 15 minutes and 85 minutes.
     
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    patrickBOOTH Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    Well, you live in Japan where everybody is crazy in terms of commuting.
     
  8. gomestar

    gomestar Senior member

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    i find that 30-45 mins. is fairly typical for NYC, and even in Manhattan.

    when I was in DC, my commute was 30-45 minutes, but it was in a car, which was awful. Subway time > car time, but one needs a newspaper.
     
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    Definitely. I get most of my reading done on the subway.

    I swear, Kindles were made for the subway commuter.
     
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    Agree...I read going and coming and at times have ducked so that someone that I know does not come over and talk to me during this time.
     
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    patrickBOOTH Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    I don't get anything done on the subway. I walk longer than my subway commute is. I am too easily distracted to read on the subway. Plus it is always sardines so it would be cumbersome.
     
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    I've totally done this too.



    I've noticed that the morning commute is a no-talk zone for 99% of riders, and rightfully so. The evening commute tends to be more vocal.
     
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    Hahahaha, me too. I have moved cars before so I wouldn't have to talk to someone I knew because I wanted to just read my book.
     
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    patrickBOOTH Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    Totally. It is especially awkward when that person is an okcupid date you had a night of debauchery with 5 years ago.
     
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    A few weeks ago I jumped on the F at my stop heading to work. I saw a customer sitting in the car not far from me(I was standing). I pretended that I didn't see him. I actually had an appt at his office later in the day...
     
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    DextersMorgan Well-Known Member

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    All but one man is bald? hehehe
     
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    What's it like living in Midtown?
     
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    I don't read but I listen to a hell of a lot of podcasts. It's hard to read a book or a paper sometimes but earphones are never an issue. Plus you can't hear the preacher screaming at everyone how "the devil is going to kill you" like the guy on the 2 was this morning!!!
     
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    awful i would imagine
     

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