Thursday, October 25, 2007

Prediction

Thursday, October 25, 2007
I walk to work in the mornings.

When it's too cold or the weather isn't co-operative, or my oufit isn't walking appropriate, I take the train.

I've talked about it before, this shouldn't be a surprise.

This morning, the train was overcrowded, as usual. The 7:55 train always seems busier than the rest- because everyone who starts at 8 is always running late? Because people who start at 8:30 try to clock in early? Because there are a quarter of a million people to transport into downtown in a two-hour window, and no matter what time you're commuting, if you're trying to get from point A to B between 7 and 9:30 am, you're not getting a seat?

But this morning, more crowded than usual, I stepped on to the train and wedged myself into the narrow space beside the door. I placed my palm flat against the cold window, unable to hold on to anything. The train lurched forward and rolled back as it started and the standing commuters shifted together.

My arm brushed against the woman standing beside me, my chest only a few centimetres from the chest of the man facing me. I could hear him breathing over the soundtrack leaking from the cheap headphones on the kids standing back-to-back behind me, and I realized that aside from family members and personal friends, that this was the closest I'll come to contact with another human being for what I predict to be a very long time.

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One metro ride in Paris, the car was so cramped that I was sandwiched between Rosestock on my front and some very suave Parisian man on my back. Long story short, I spooned Mr. R more completley than I ever have my boyfriend. The joys of mass transit know no borders.

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