Yes – there are lots of totally calm people riding the train every day just trying to get from point A to point B. BUT there are also some highly questionable people. Some are just stinky and quiet, others are trying to carry a tune for money, and then of course there are the ones you move away from ’cause they are yelling or flailing. Today, I was lucky enough to ride with the latter. yelling AND flailing. no bueno. Daily commuters sat calmly as avoiding eye contact, intently reading their phones/magazines/ebooks (while gripping their bags), and (if they were anything like me) carefully judging how quickly they could make a break for it if the man decided to act on the foul tongued cursing and threats he was yelling/slurring – meanwhile, also trying to decide if simply getting up and walking to the other end of the train car would agitate him enough to make him follow me. I already made the mistake of glancing up shortly after he got on the train when I heard a loud banging sound then something like an arm waving out of the corner of my eye. He approached me (but was still a couple of people away) and continued his four letter word rant while looking in my direction. That was enough for me. As soon as the doors opened I got up, got lost in the crowd and settled in on the other end of the train car. Unsurprisingly, once I was there I noticed a couple of others do the same. By the time I got off the train he had his choice of seats on his end of the car. You never know what’s inside the train until you’re in it.
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