We have a very special guest blogger today; my brother Joel, whom I talk about so much on this blog that he has his own tag. Joel is going to share some tips on how to ride a train like a normal person. I’ll leave it to him.
For the past six months I have been commuting to Toronto on the Go Train. In January I will be ditching the suburbs for Toronto, largely to avoid the one hour and twenty minute commute to work every morning. Although the commute really isn’t that bad, getting home at 7 does not leave much time for evenings. For those that don’t mind getting home late, a train ride can actually be quite enjoyable. It is time in the day just to be alone with your thoughts, and to maybe read a good book. (If it is not a boring one that puts you to sleep) This time is something many train riders agree on as one of the benefits. However, this time can easily be disrupted by other annoying passengers.
So for those that will be riding a train in the future, here are a few tips on how to make it better for other people to enjoy their alone time.
1.) Mind your bags – Bags are necessary for everyone who rides a train. However, they are often bulky, and there is really no storage on the Go Train for any bags. A good place for your bag is either under your seat behind your legs, or on your lap. Do not under any circumstances put your bag in the aisle. People, guess what, walk (surprise surprise) down the aisle. I have seen many people trip on aisle bags, and sure hope no one gets hurt one of these days.
2.) You only get one spot – The spot beside you is not meant for your bag, especially if you only have one. If I catch you putting your bag on the chair beside you because you hate people so much that you can’t stand the idea that they sit beside you, then I will kindly ask you to move your bag and let me sit there, just in spite. There are often people who have difficulty finding a spot. Be respectful and leave it open for other people.
3.) If you have bad breath, don’t breathe – Enough said really, but one day this guy must have eaten something disgusting for dinner, maybe it was dog food. Plus he must have been tired, so he continued to yawn, and finish his yawn with a throat gasp, blowing air right into my face. Just…buy some gum or something.
4.) Headphones are for a reason – Headphones are so that you can hear your music without bothering anyone else. Take your headphones off of your ears and listen if you can hear them. If you can’t hear them you are fine. If you can hear them then they need to go lower. Your ears will thank you for this.
5.) Share your fries – If you must have McDonalds, remember, people are hungry and your fries smell good.
My brother, ladies and gentlemen. Clearly the snark runs in the family. Thanks for your contribution, bro!