Travel Notes

Aug 04 2010 Published by under Etc

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.

Sigh.

*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.

8 responses so far

  • Candid Engineer says:

    "Best" cab driver I ever had was in Houston. He preached to me for the entire 35 minute ride to the airport, at 5 in the morning no less, about how he had found Jesus, how Jesus "quickened his loins", etc. I wouldn't have been so annoyed if he hadn't have been talking so loudly and I wasn't so damned tired.

  • Alyssa says:

    I think I seriously have a phobia of taxis because I absolutely *hate* the random chatter. I just want to sit there and stare out the window. I always loved that Seinfeld episode where Elaine pretended she was deaf so she didn't have to talk to the taxi drivers. I haven't been able to bring myself to do that, but it might come down to it one day.

  • What, you're not peering into your iPhone screen for every single moment of every single transit journey? You're Doing It Wrong - this is the normal way of doing things, and saves you any kind of human contact whatsoever. It's awesome.

  • Dr Becca says:

    Re: #1 - those facing each other seats on trains are the absolute worst. I'm pretty tall, and at least on Amtrak it's almost always the case that my knees touch the other person's knees. Yuckyyyyyyy!

  • physioprof says:

    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.

    Dude, instead of being an antisocial fucken freak, how about TALKING to the fucken peeps across from you? That's what I do, and it's very entertaining.

  • proflikesubstance says:

    What are you? Austrofrench?

  • Natalie says:

    Crap, I opened the link thinking it was a still photo...during a training session/meeting.

  • Dr. O says:

    Never would've pegged CPP as the train chatter...

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