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Thursday, 25 April 2013

My knees are tough, but my ankles might get cold

Apparently this girl woke up this morning and thought, "It's a bit chilly this morning, but it's supposed to be warm this afternoon; layering is hard, so I guess I'll just wear one article of winter clothing and one of summer clothing and hope it all averages out." Because that's exactly how clothing works ...

Tuesday, 23 April 2013

Next Time Just Pack a Snack

You know what is entirely unnecessary on the bus? Some trashy-looking dude sitting with his arm around his girlfriend, practically grabbing her boob, and then trying to nibble (actually more like chow down) on her ear.

Even she wasn't having any of it. Get the hint dude ... everyone thinks you're gross, even your girlfriend.

Wednesday, 17 April 2013

Do you have a pass?

The 145 bus driver asked me this today as I got on the bus. So I pull out my pass and show it to him and refrain from sniping, "Of course I do," without actually showing my pass. 

Now, of course, it is completely his right to ask to see my pass, and I always show it on every other bus I ride. What makes me so irate when I get asked on the 145 is the lack of consistency. Probably 95% of drivers never ask to see your pass and some even wave you off if you stop to show it, so now we're all conditioned to get on the bus without showing a pass. After all, since 90% of the people taking the bus at SFU are students who get a upass, you're hardly gonna catch any fare evaders; it's more likely you'll catch some poor student who's paid for the right to ride transit, but forgot their pass at home that day. But of course, there's always that one driver who decides he's gonna be bus nazi for the day and looks at you like you're some sort of deliquent for not showing your pass. Yeah, I'm the bad guy for not anticipating your power trip today.

You can't always stand where you want

It's exam time. The bus to SFU is less crowded than usual and you'll probably get a seat, or at least have your choice of prime standing locations.

The bus is by no means empty though. This means if you're near the front of the line to get on, usual bus etiquette applies. Move to the back, pick a seat, sit down and keep the heck out of the way of people trying to get on. It's not rocket science, which is why it astounds me when people still get on the bus, decide they want to stand in their favorite spot and then refuse to move. 

This morning, the standing spot of choice was right by the middle door, where not 1, not 2, but 3 people were huddled while people were still trying to get on through that door. The bus is not anywhere near full; there are still seats available; even if you are getting off at the first stop (which these people did not do), you could have sat down out of the way and not gotten trapped behind a hoard of people. So why are you crowded around the door like you are going to jump from the bus at the first sign of danger?

As an added bonus, when people are huddled by that door and others are still coming on through it, no one getting on the front door (read: ME!) can get past, and you end up with 60% of the people crammed into the front third of the bus, while the back still has empty seats.

Transit Lesson #1: If you want to stand near a door, get on last. 

Sunday, 7 April 2013

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Why Blog?

I ride transit to school regularly, and have for 9 years now. Long story short: people do stupid things on transit and I like to complain about it. I'd love to yell at people to their faces, but you never know what kind of crazies are on transit, and I don't want to get knifed to death on the skytrain. So instead, I took to posting the dumb things I saw to my facebook profile.

For statuses that are basically me complaining about other people, my transit updates seem quite popular among my facebook friends. My real life friends also frequently tell me how much they look forward to my transit rants and that I should write a book or blog about my experiences. Add to that the fact that some of my statuses were getting so long that I discovered my facebook app had a status character limit and here I am.

What you should know about this blog:

  • I don't just complain about theoretical annoyances. Anything I post has happened or is happening to or around me on transit. 
  • You will probably read about the same pet peeve over and over again in different guises. This is because people do the same dumb things over and over again. 
  • I may write a post complaining about something you do or have done on transit. I'm just gonna go ahead and say #sorrynotsorry right now. I'm sure I've annoyed my fellow transit riders on occasion too. We all have different opinions about what we find irritating; this is mine.  

I look forward to sharing the worst parts of my commute with you all!