Your mission, should you choose to accept it…

September 16, 2009 at 7:55 am | Posted in Office Humor | Leave a comment
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Everyone has a purpose in life. Some people are destined to create brilliant works of art, some are meant to teach and inspire young minds and some are fulfilling their dreams by defending the Green Monster and hitting delicious dingers. At this point, I am not sure what my true purpose is, so while I’m trying to figure it out, I have decided to take on an important mission: I will annoy the annoying commuters on my train.

In the past I have referenced some of these travelers – see faux train sleepers in Faux Elegance – but they haven’t really been my pre-coffee priority. But now that September has set in and all those darling professionals are back from their fancy vacations, my train is getting very crowded and my patience is running very thin.

Take yesterday morning, for example. I watched a middle-aged man sitting in the aisle seat – no one in the window seat – reading his newspaper until the train came to a stop. Each time we stopped, he promptly put his head back and closed his eyes and miraculously fell fast asleep – at every stop! What skill! His narcolepsy was so precise that it kicked in at the exact moment when he otherwise would have had to move over and share his row. And since most commuters understand the exhaustion of the daily grind that is getting in and out of the city from the ‘burbs, they take pity and don’t disturb his rest. They just keep on moving past him to scavenge free space down the aisle.

No more. This morning I took a stand. When I got on the train he was in dreamland, of course. So I stood diagonally behind him until he resumed the Lowell Sun article that had bored him into sleep. Once he began reading, I got up and asked him ever so politely to scootch over. Needless to say, he was wide awake and engrossed in his paper until we arrived at North Station. Now that’s what I call justice, commuter-style!

So beware, self-centered travelers on the MBTA/MBCR Lowell line: I am on the lookout for bad behavior – and hopefully others will join me in the fight for commuting manners!

Now where did I put that badge?


P.S. We traditionally write our blogs on our commutes, and this was no exception. I wrote this while sitting next to him!

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