Feb 20, 2011

12 Feet For Street?

briefcase on wheels So am sitting on the train minding my own business halfway between sleep and wake when the train stopped at Yonge Subway. Yonge Subway is one of the main transfer points where people can change from the East/West line to the North/South line and go on their merry way. The other transfer points are Spadina and St. George. Any who as I was saying, there I was thinking I could catch a power nap before I reach my jump off point (4 more stops) when a short stocky suit clad Caucasian gentleman (and I use the term lightly) bounced in with his briefcase pulley much like those ones used by lawyers when they go to court.

He stopped for a brief moment as if to decide where to sit and then turned to his left, which was in the direction I was sitting. I tucked my feet closer to my seat as per usual whenever anyone’s passes close to me however it didn’t matter in this case because the man rolled over first my right foot and without pausing to investigate what his brief pulley bumped over the uncivilized brute proceeded toward the two-seater parallel as blasé as you please promptly rolling over my left foot as well. He didn’t bat a lash or looked back to say I am sorry.

I stared at the Neanderthal hard in what my children call “the look” my face a mask of incredulousness that I am sure mirrored my thoughts..... ‘Really, you don’t know you just ran over something? Your brief pulley almost fell the first time and you righted it and then it happened again. You didn’t think you hit or ran over something?’ because as he was about to sit (facing me because I turned slightly to my left) he became unnerved because I kept looking at him. He stared back sheepishly; sort of half laugh and started apologizing anxiously “sorry, sorry, am so sorry.” I just stared at him. I dare not open my mouth for fear of what I would say. I simply stayed silent and just turned away.

What the heck is going on with people? This bumping, hitting, shoving, knocking, stepping on others without apology or mindfulness of others sharing the same space seems to be fast becoming the fricking trend. There is no excuse for it. Sure accidents happen, who hasn’t unintentionally bumped or stepped on someone but at least have the presence of mind to own it and apologize for gripes sakes! It makes a big difference and one might want to consider that not everybody is the same. Some people would get in your face for stuff like that. An apology is a little thing that goes a long way.

Tip of the Day: Be mindful of others and your surroundings

first published on my MSN Spaces blog 2010/05/01
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