Archive for December 2010
so I said this was about commuting – and one of the big issues on trains is whether people should have the courtesy to not talk on the train. the other day I was riding in and we had two old friends reunite – and strike up quite a lively conversation. A few things at issue on this:
1. it’s 6:57 am – keep it down, there are 291,427 other people on New Jersey transit who are trying to just wake it
2. I can’t help it – no matter how boring the conversation is I can’t help but listen. there is nothing else to listen to.
3. I can’t tell you to stop – but I want to. One of the best scenes in commuting is the talker – non talker fight. I witnessed this three times in commuting. Totally memorable. And i never want to be a part of that.
Talking on trains is not forbidden, but there should be a noisy car. It would help on a lot of levels. All those wanting to talk – and this seems to be a need for some – would be with other talkers. so if they ran out of stuff to say to someone, they are likely to find another chatting buddy. The noise would cancel out the noise, so to speak. If a lot of people are talking, then you can’t really hear any one conversation. And a talker car could be a great way to meet new people. And the cell phone crowd could hang there too.
I vote no on train talk, yes on the talker car.
After an almost year long delay of figuring what to say, am going to start donig a blog on travel and commuting. there will be lots of content, the whole topic of body scanners has raised interest, and always a good story or two. don’t expect too much sophistication, but look for more frequent posts.