Thursday, January 8, 2009

An interesting ride

First of all, I want to say that as of yesterday, I've officially made 50 posts on here! This one will be 51. I know this is NOTHING to all you seasoned bloggers out there, but it's a personal accomplishment for the new kid on the block :) Let's all pour a drink.

You will, please, excuse the random, pointlessness of today's post. But I wanted to share my experience on the way to work on the train this morning, as my attention was kept for the entire ride. Maybe I'm just especially distracted by shiny objects in the morning.

First of all, there was this really-uber-amazingly interesting elderly lady who got on at my stop. She was extremely smartly dressed, in her 70s, I would say. She had the most pleasant look on her face, and I couldn't stop looking at her! I know, creep, right? Don't you ever have people like that? You see them and instantly you just want to know them? That's what happened to me. I bet she had tons of the best stories about relationships, family, and it looked like she'd probably travelled the world several times over. Right, she probably worked at McDonald's. But I can dream and imagine, right? So I just kept looking at her...discreetly, of course...and was thinking about how cool it would be to know her. But I chickened out on making a connection.

The second thing that was going on at the same time was this guy who looked like he was COMPLETELY stoned sitting at an angle from me. He was very nicely dressed, in business attire, fancy designer shoes, et cetera. But his eyes were completely bloodshot and BARELY open. I can't figure out how he was reading the words in the Tribune he had in his hand. He was a mystery.

The third thing that had me looking all over the place was the guy sitting right next to me that was reading...get ELECTRONIC BOOK. It was just an LCD type screen and to turn the page he just clicked a button on the side. FASCINATING. I have heard of these contraptions, but never have I ever seen someone using one in person. I'm not sure how I feel about these yet, because I do love my books. The old fashioned type.

Finally, the kicker. The subway was super crowded, as always, but I kept hearing this kind of spitting sound. The kind of sound you would make by putting your tongue between your lips and blowing crisply. I couldn't, for the life of me, figure out where or who it was coming from. When some people got off, I spotted this disgusting person spitting chewed fingernails onto the floor in front of him. Sick. Gross. NASTY. Maybe I'm a little neurotic (ok I'm alot nerotic), but I kept thinking they were landing on me, even though he was a good 10 feet away from me. You never know, he could be putting a hell of an arc on those bitten-off finger nails!

So between the very interesting elderly lady, to the stoned business man, to the student reading his LCD screen, to the fingernail biter, I had a very enlightening trip to work.



Subway Gal said...

I never want to look at people and just get to know them. I look at them and think, "loser," "fat ass," "serial killer." Mostly I just try to not look at people on the subway, or on the street.

Abe said...

Well, maybe she thought I was a serial killer...but seriously, she probably didn't have much longer to live anyway, haha.

Kimberly said...

Oooh - I have been eyeing up the Amazon Kindle for about year (saw someone using it in a ComEd meeting I was in last fall). I agree with you on the comfort of turning the pages of a physical book -- BUT, the wireless connection of the Kindle has me so intrigued. Imagine this - you get on the train and start reading the tribune on your Kindle but then you decide you want to read Newsweek - click a few buttons and voila - there it is!

Jenn Sutherland said...

I've got a is a brilliant answer to the train commute! Lightweight, no pages to turn, and you really do forget that you're reading on an electronic device. My main purpose in getting it was lightening my bag, since I read a lot of hefty books, and bringing fewer books into our home, as I don't have a lot of space. It has exceeded my expectations, and the wireless connection is a definite bonus for those impulse buys!

Red from Ktown said...

I'm off to Barnes & Noble or Borders to get me one of them LCD books!! Very cool!