As someone who uses public transit every day to get to and from work there are a number of things aside from the bus running late or the subway breaking down in the tunnel that get on my nerves.
Today was one of those days where some of these things came sharply into focus so here are a few of my transit peeves. Feel free to add.
Loud Cell phone conversations on the bus. So today I'm coming home , why is it that although I'm listening to my discman I can still hear the phone conversation of the lady across the corridor from me in the bus. Why do I have to hear her getting loud and hostile on the phone? I just gine home from work, I tired, I stressed I really don't want to know your problems or get caught up in your drama. Keep that to yourself. I heard talk of them setting things up so that cellphones work in the subway like they do in Hong Kong. Lawd ave mercy I hope that day never come.
I'm afraid to sit next to the black man on the subway. Think I mentioned this b.s before but today it was so blatantly obvious. Women gets in the subway and sits down ahead of me, I go and sit next to her because well it wasn't like there were any fully empty seats. Woman stays for a few minutes looking a bit worried then she gets up almost immediately and moves. Yea f you too ya blasted idiot!
Rowdy kids. They usually come in bunches, I guess its a peer pressure trying to be cool thing. However its not really cool to have to listen to loud obnoxious little brats with their silly asinine little jokes and behavior when you are just trying to abide the damn train ride. Now before you think I'm saying they are all bad that is simply not the case. In quite a few cases there are kids who you would probably look at on first glance and think oh they are going to be bad behaved or they unmannerly or whatever but it turns out those kids are actually rather mannerly if you have any interaction with them.
Poor personal hygiene. Nothing worse than being in the subway with a some of those dudes who like they were never informed about the uses of water. Lawd ave mercy. Them fellas will clear ya sinuses faster than vicks, benalyn, robatussin, any of them sort of medications.
People who put their bags in seats and then act like you are asking them to give you a kidney when you ask them to move it so you can sit down.
People standing who refuse to move to the back of the bus hence leaving you or some poor chap stranded at the bus stop because the driver wont fill the bus anymore. Meanwhile about half the bus empty. This happens alot in the new buses where folk wont go stand in the back.
Unnecessary conversations. There are just certain conversations that one shouldn't have in public in my opinion. Some people just don't understand this on the bus or train. They will have some of the most explicit, disturbing conversations within your ear range. And no its not that you are eavesdropping but they usually don't do it that quietly and you know there are certain words that if you aren't even listening and you hear them your ears will suddenly perk up and be like wait wha dem talkin bout. I wont mention which words but y'all may get the idea.
Anyway you may say I'm bitching so don't take public transit. Well my tax dollar goes into their service so I feel it is my right to take it if I choose. Plus its just a microcosm of our society in a way and is pretty interesting. Anyway I'm just stating what goes on. Let me know what annoys you on the bus or train.