Posted: January 11, 2014 in Uncategorized

Well, I’ve survived my first week of commuting via public transit. I’ve learned a lot. I’ve learned that I have pretty strong leg muscles. I’ve learned to brace myself for the sudden lurches of the train. I’ve learned to just “go with the flow” or “lack of the flow” or “any kind of flow as long as it is a flow.” I’ve learned that despite my desperate desire to smile at people on the subway, make small talk, or say “Sorry I just flew into you and almost knocked you down. Hope you don’t mind”, NO body is interested in conversations with me. I’ve learned that despite what happens in Wonderland, if the White Rabbit had to rely on the MBTA, he wouldn’t have worry so much about being late. It wouldn’t matter. In fact, no one at the tea party would even notice or bat an eye when he showed up just after the last cup of tea had been poured. They would all just be happy he made it at all and in one piece on the same day as the invite.

I’ve learned that wearing gloves for the whole duration of the trip is a wise idea. I’ve learned to invest in travel-sized hand sanitizers. I’ve learned that when I am squashed between two people, to go to my happy place. To close my eyes and pretend I am at the beach, wearing my shades, and feeling the sun on my face. I also pretend that I am a contortionist or that I can successfully rip one or both of my arms off and somehow pack them in my backpack until there is room to wear them again. I have learned not to worry about what I am stepping in. Chances are, I don’t want to know anyway. I’ve learned that there are all kinds of smells and trying to guess what it is is NOT good first thing in the morning. Especially if you have not eaten yet or had more than two cups of coffee.

But mostly I’ve learned that I can get used to just about anything as long as I have some semblance of a routine. Or an escape route or a secret weapon sent directly to me from my kick ass ninja in-laws. I might be from the sticks but I will beat you with them if I need to.

  1. scubabarb says:

    Yup, I remember that little secret weapon!! I also have another noise-maker that might keep people at a more comfortable distance.

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