November 09, 2004

Random Commuter Observation

I really dislike people who run to catch the Metro.

Every time a train rolls into view coming into the West Falls Church station, it prompts any number of people to break into a frantic sprint along the walkway, through the tollgate and down the escalator, like extremely stupid wildabeast wildebeest (Ed. - goddam Boers and their goddam Dutch spelling) panicked into running straight towards the jaws of an approaching lion.

I dislike this practice for two reasons.

One, it's very undignified. It's perfectly obvious that a great many of these folks get no exercise other than their dash for the train. Furthermore, they are usually loaded down to the Plimsoll mark with all the recognized commuter accessories - oversized shoulder bag, purse, computer case, newspaper, and sometimes even an overnight travel bag on wheels. Such factors do not contribute to a graceful running style. It evidently doesn't bother them, but I certainly wouldn't want the eyes of the world on me as I feverishly gallumphed along in a kind of waddling sprint, impedimentia dangling from my shoulders and hands and banging against my backside. It's just an ugly, ugly sight. Everyone carries on these days about the importance of self-esteem. How about a little more emphasis on self-respect?

Two, it's unnecessary. At rush hour, a train comes through the station every couple of minutes. I don't care who you are, what you do or where you're going, it is almost never so important that you can't wait for the next one. To see the way some of these folks behave, one would think they were scrambling for seats in the Titanic's lifeboats. Get a life, people.

Posted by Robert at November 9, 2004 08:38 AM | TrackBack

How about leaving the house five minutes earlier so they do not have to run? Easy for me to say because I live a mile and a half from work.

Posted by: LMC at November 9, 2004 09:03 AM

PLEASE, edit your spelling before you release your blogs. Wildabeast, indeed!!!!!!

Posted by: O.F. at November 9, 2004 09:04 AM

I didn't know you were a fellow Metro rider as well as a fellow Munuvian.

You know what gets me about people who run on the platforms? Running when they're wet or covered with snow, on those slicker 'n owl shit tiles...I keep waiting to see one of those running jokers slide on the tiles and off the platform, either onto the third rail or under the wheels of a train.

Posted by: Victor at November 9, 2004 09:16 AM

I think you're mad at the Boers, not the Boars. ;)

Posted by: Ted at November 9, 2004 09:40 AM

Guess I'm just so worked up I can't spell straight. Or else, like Arthur Dent, I'm practising throwing myself at the ground and missing!

Posted by: Robert the LB at November 9, 2004 09:48 AM

Reason #6,327,395 why I don't take METRO.

Posted by: jen at November 9, 2004 12:23 PM

I confess to running for the train as it pulls into the station - not so much at rush hour when another will indeed come in two minutes. But when I get out of class at 9 pm, and another blue line won't come for a good fifteen minutes, I just want to get the hell home. What bugs the hell out of me is when the train's about to leave the station, and it ends up sitting in the station for an extra 30 seconds or a minute with that damned voice repeating over and over, "Please stand clear of the doors. Please stand clear of the doors."

Posted by: Nicole Griffin at November 9, 2004 10:41 PM

Oh, bitch bitch bitch bitch: here I'm actually looking forward to having public transportation again. Grass always greener, etc. ;-)

Posted by: Dave J at November 11, 2004 01:19 AM
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