I am on the road for the rest of the week, but thought I might check in with a couple of travel observations.
-In almost every mode of travel one sits facing the back of another seat. It doesn't matter if you're in the car, on a plane or riding the bus, you're not facing someone directly. Why have we decided that trains don't need to follow this tried and true tradition? Is there a more awkward way to travel that facing a complete stranger in a small confined space? How many things can you find to stare at to avert your gaze from the other person until it just gets weird? Not enough, as I found out today.
-It seems as though cab drivers come in two basic forms, your chatty variety and the silent one. I don't have a strong preference one way or another, except for the extreme chatter. The kind that only requires the occasional "uh-huh" to blather on about everything from their live philosophy to their hobbies. The dude driving me today got so into telling me how he thinks reincarnation works that he twice missed my hotel and I had him just drop me off near the building, by the loading dock, rather than have to circle the block again. If he had been a metered taxi I might of thought it was a ploy, but this was pure verbal diarrhea.
-Why do they make hotel bathroom soap so hard to open? Usually your hands are wet by the time you realize you need to unwrap the soap and luckily they have encased it in smooth plastic shrink wrap that has no seams.
-There must be repressed issue I have when it comes to packing my toiletries. No matter how many times I check, I forget something. This time I have two tooth pastes (sorry honey) and no comb or floss. Considering that I badly need a haircut and I am a big fan of flossing*, one would think these would be easy to remember. But I brought soap! I guess in case I couldn't open the hotel soap.
*This started after one really bad trip to the dentist for a cleaning. I think at one point I was bleeding so badly that if the cleaning had been performed in an elevator, upon reaching our floor the people waiting in the lobby would have seen this.