Subject: The Users of Public Transit
With the weather slowly becoming cooler, the freedom to walk, bike, rollerblade in the warmth slowly fade away. And if you’re like me, and don’t own a car, public transit is the fastest and warmest way to get around. And with this method of transit come pet peeves that really grind my gears.
The Awkward Run-In:
This happens to be my co-contributor Kate’s biggest pet peeve. When you’re on the bus, generally you are on a mission to get somewhere. Personally, I like to read, listen to music, check e-mails or generally space out to pass the time while I am in transit. What I don’t like is being forced into an awkward conversation with someone I haven’t seen in years. Somehow, the most random people always pop up on the bus. For example, my mom’s friend’s former co-worker who I met when I was 16. Seriously lady, it’s been 7 years. I really don’t want to fill you in on “what’s been going on lately”.
The problem is, when you run into people like this, it’s never just a fleeting moment of pleasantries. It’s ALWAYS a drawn out, awkward conversation filled with small talk and fake smiles because there is literally nowhere for you to escape to. You are trapped until the sweet freedom of your destination approaches.*
*Unless you are Kate who will literally get off the bus and wait for the next one in order to avoid these scenarios.
The ‘Should Have Stayed Home’ Traveler:
You can ask my Dad (a lovely bus driver) about this phenomenon, but public transit attracts sick people. And the problem here is that, when you’re on the bus, you are literally trapped in a portable breeding ground for illness. There is nothing worse than being in close quarters with someone who has unbearable sniffles or an aggressive cough, because you can almost see the germs spreading from their stuffy heads to your healthy body. Just stay home people! You’re spreading the plague and I’m sick of it! (Pun intended…)
The Unnecessary Creep:
When you happen to find a bus with few travellers, it can be a blessing or a curse. There are an abundance of seats and you are able to sit comfortably by yourself. There’s no squeezing into a seat beside someone with twelve parcels. There’s no near-death experience when you’re forced to stand. There’s no getting jostled by fellow travellers or having to push with all your might through crowds to get off the back door. BUT, there is often a trade-off for these perks…*cue ominous music*
Somehow, these empty trips attract the creepiest people. Despite the fact that there are 40 free seats on the bus, these creepers ALWAYS sidle up to you and sit right beside you. I’m not sure if that is how they get their jollies, but it’s so weird! LEAVE ME ALONE! And don’t get offended because I ask you to move. You are 100% in the wrong, you creepy, creepy human!