I was on my way to a second day of torture jury duty. I made my connection to an express train and actually scored a seat. Sweet.
It was a pretty crowded train, just as any train rolling through midtown during rush hour is. All of a sudden…
(That’s a guy sneezing…FYI)
A few sneezes ring out in the crowd. That’s just gross in general, especially in a crowded train. But hey, it happens. There’s nothing you, as the sneezer, can really do to avoid it.
Unfortunately, this guy didn’t even make an attempt at covering his mouth. He just let them rip like he was standing alone in the woods or something. WOW.
Well, I thought the people around him were going to commit a hate crime. Holy crap did this guy get reamed out, and deservedly so.
Much to my disappointment, there were no punches thrown. Oh well. Gonna file this one in the “crime” category anyway.
Let’s just be clear, if you’re wearing a backpack on a crowded subway train at rush hour, you are a douchebag. Period. There’s no defense.
Secondly, if you are a grown man wearing a backpack for any reason (at any time) that doesn’t have something to do with hiking or camping, you are also a douchebag.
I know, “the backpack” is a new Euro-trend that’s been getting more and more popular for expense account hipsters. I get it. However, there’s a cool way to pull it off, and there’s a way to not deserve D-BAG stamped on your forehead. Allow me to explain.
Ever been riding the train on a busy morning when some jackass gets on with his backpacked locked and loaded on his back as if he’s about to scale the outside of the New York Times building? You’d notice him right way because every time he turns to the left or right, his backpack smacks into you. Read More »
Let’s kick this one around in our collective minds: Standing room only subway cars.
What if we made every other car in a train standing room only? We could get rid of all the seats in the train car, and perhaps add a few more grab rails and holding points.
Think of all the extra people you could fit on the train! The elderly, handicapped, pregnant, fat, or just plain tired/lazy could go into the cars with seats. Everyone else could find more breathing room on the seatless cars.
Ok, how would you know which is which from the platform? Maybe the markings on the outside of the trains could be a certain color. And always make the first car a seated or seatless car (just pick on and make it standard).
My other idea would be to make the seats all “flipable.” Have you ever noticed the flip-up seats on the ends of trains like the 2 train or 4, 5, 6 train? It’s usually just on the end of the train. There’s a double wide seat that automatically flips upright to allow space for a wheelchair.
What’s nice is the fact that many people don’t bother to flip it down during rush hour. What if all the individual seats on the train automatically flipped upright? That would free some space.
Just drives me nuts when I see 350 pound people sitting, taking up 3 seats wide, and the standing room for 6 people.