Learning about life from the daily train commute
I sat next to this old man yesterday. He just sat there on the train and did absolutely nothing for an hour.
Losing cell reception in the Grand Central tunnel is liberating.
Riding the train is the ultimate test of consistency and durability.
Competition results from a combination of getting ahead and the fear of missing out.
“There are few places more sedentary than a train car; there are also few better ways to see the world.”
If you take a snapshot of train chatter you’d see that it gradually rises from the morning on, peaking in the evening.
Stuck in the bathroom is one thing; stuck in a train bathroom is hell.
We all want to get ahead, be first. But with more speed comes more stress.
Riding a train short in cars turns everyone into a sardine.
There’s always one person who sticks their foot inside the train doors as soon as they open.
People break their phones, lose their phones, and run out of power.
The last people to get off the train in the morning are the ones that really don’t want to go to work.
Sometimes you’ll walk into Grand Central when it’s still light outside and shoot out of the exit tunnel into complete darkness.
Sometimes the adjacent trains zoom by so fast you can still see the other side, uninterrupted, just through two additional windows instead…
The main differences between the local and express trains are the number of stops and speed.
The bar car is no different than any other standalone bar.
“We’d like to maintain a library like atmosphere,” announces the conductor on the Quiet Car.
It’s impossible to ignore train conversations. Even the softest discussions can be heard just a few seats away.
If you want to see the rate of technological adoption and get a sneak preview of the next big popular device or app to emerge, just ride…
There are two sides to a train. You’d think both side doors of the train would open at the same time but they frequently don’t.
People only listen to the conductor over the loudspeaker when they’re seeking helpful information, half-listening to general announcements.
One of the things I like most about riding the train is the fact that you have to fight to get a seat every day.
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