What is it with people that sit/stand around complaining very loudly about things they don’t intend to (or simply cannot) change? And why is it that these people always happen to be on my train in my train car when the MTA decides it’s going to do something stupid like wait until the doors close to tell us that it’s an express train?
So last night I hop on the train to get home. Halfway there, we get an announcement saying that the train will have to stop and unload everyone… But, not to worry, there is another train on the opposite side of the station.
We all jump off the train, runs over to the other side of the station, and breathes a sigh of relief as we board the new train. The conductor tries to close the door several times, but people keep holding it open and getting on. Eventually, the car is packed with slightly agitated, very tired people, myself included.
However, as the train starts to move, a voice comes over the intercom informing us that this is actually an express train and will be skipping the next 5 stops (the 2nd of which was my stop). Now, I wasn’t happy about this, but I quickly realized (along with most of the other folks on the train) that there was nothing I could possibly do to change this situation. The fellow standing next to me, though, didn’t quite feel the same. He kept repeating things like “I can’t believe this!” and “This is ridiculous” and, my favorite, “I can’t believe no one else is perturbed by this!” Over… and over… and over again.
Now, the first two exclamations that he made were understandable. But the third… why?? EVERYone on the train was agitated. What were we supposed to do? Revolt? Tar and feather the driver? Honestly, I was just getting more agitated with this idiot than with the situation. Thankfully, the train pulled into the station a few minutes later and I was able to distance myself from this walking sack of stupidity. Should I have said something to him? Perhaps. Maybe if the train were stuck somewhere, I might’ve lost my patience. But instead, I was satisfied to be annoyed, but slightly amused, at this moron and the situation he was creating.
Besides, I try not to argue with idiots.