Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Why Are You Running???

Good Afternoon Passangers.  I have a question for you.  Why Are You Running?

Humor me.  It's morning rush hour and most people transfer at a major station in order to switch metro lines.  You may stop at L'Enfant Plaza or Metro Center. 

1. You know that sometimes your switch involves going upstairs or downstairs. 
2. You know during rush hour trains run every 1, 2 or 3 minutes.

So..........Why the heck are you lacing up your track shoes as the doors chime and sprinting to your connecting train knocking people's bags off their shoulder, pushing people into one another, and knocking people down?  If you are that late for work then stay home.  If you are not that late for work then you should have left your home station 60 seconds earlier so that we don't have to deal with your manic behavior.

Have you seen this person?  It starts with them getting up from their seat 2 stops away from their departure point.  They stand in the door way (a small bead of sweat forming on their brow and above their lip).  As the train approaches their stop they place their fingertips on the crack of the door as if to encourage them to open before we come to a complete stop.  By the time the doors chime and the computer voice announces that the doors are opening they are running in place.  As soon as the doors open they take off with fire on their heels totally oblivious to their surroundings.  They dodge in and out of traffic, take the steps 2 and 3 at a time, run down the platform, just in time to hear the chime and see the doors to their next train closing with them on the outside of those doors.  Huffing and puffing they reach out and let the train run pass their fingertips with a look of total defeat on their face.

Here's my advice.  Take your time sir and ma'am.  Another train will come soon.  Slow down a bit so that everyone can get to their destination in one piece.  I promise another train will come soon.

That is all for now.

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