It takes all kinds of people to make up a nation. Different race, social stance, personality; everyone is different. Usually within your life you will surround yourself with like minded individuals, the type you see yourself as and enjoy being around on a daily basis. But what happens when you have to be surrounded by people of different ideals for a period of time?
Public transport is what I’m getting at. Trains and busses in particular of course. Both of which accommodate the daily commuters, the old getting their morning shopping, mothers taking snot nosed children to school and everyone else in between.
Using public transport I have came across people I would not usually. Having to share seats and door handles with these people in a condensed area for the remainder of my commute to college and work. There are often various types of people that, sitting near can make your journey all the more miserable.
These can vary from the ‘mobile disco’ and by this I mean the annoying individual with their iPod at a painfully high volume and you will spend the journey trying to decipher what tune they are listening to as all you can hear are beats and bass.
If you come across the ‘phone addict’ then you are in for an Eastenders style drama. Usually a female telling her friend every detail of the night before and just how much of a pest her annoying boyfriend is because ‘he never done the bloody dishes’. She won’t be using an ‘inside voice’ to keep her own affairs private, the whole train will be invited to listen.
You might end up next to ‘sick boy’ the passenger with mucus dripping from their nasal passages and constantly sniffing, coughing and generally being annoying, especially at 9 o’clock in the morning. Beware of this passenger and never breathe in his germs, or you’ll be ‘sick boy’ on your next commute.
The ‘literary thief’ will really grind your gears as this is the passenger who will be reading your book/newspaper over your shoulder for the entire journey because they didn’t bring their own. To avoid this, dirty looks usually dishearten them, they are a tame type.
Then there is the passenger with the hygiene problems that you are forced upon due to lack of seats. Learn to breathe from your ears as your nose and mouth will be corrupted around this unwashed fare dodger. Classic signs include foul smell, breakfast crumbs scattered around their untamed beard (male or female), dirty clothes and perhaps a crazy look in their eyes that shouts ‘I hate humans’.
If you come across the overweight passenger then bow out and give up. They WILL take up every inch of personal space you have left at your disposal and you WILL be shunned to the tiniest corner of your chair.
So, if this doesn’t take your fancy then learn to drive and enjoy your own music, your own personal space, your own germs and your own stench.