"Your time is limited so don't waste it living someone else's life.
Don't be trapped by Dogma which is living with the results of other people's thinking.
Don't let the noise of other's opinions drown out your inner voice.
And most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition, they somehow already know what you truly want to become."
- Steve Jobs

Wednesday, March 09, 2005

Bus Behaviour

Ever noticed that when you are on a bus and all the seeats fill up, that anyone else who then gets on, will stand right at the front of the bus near the luggage holders? And the next, and the next, and the next, until the entire front quarter of the bus is crammed full of people.....meanwhile the whole aisle of the bus right to the back is free and empty with plenty of room for standing.


I used to bus to work every day and marvelled at this strange phenomenon of human behaviour. As they'd get on the bus they'd look very briefly down the aisles to see if there were any seats, and sometimes even if there WERE a few free, they'd still crowd right at the front. Then whenever somebody else wanted to get off, they'd have to negotiate this dense ball of humans all struggling to hang onto the luggage rack - bloody nightmare when you had a big bag with you as I invariably did (cue lots of tuts as I dragged my bag past them, injuring them in the process). It's also not good for the old people as they aren't as strong at pushing past!!

If the bus was crowded when I got on I'd push past them all at the front and walk right to the back and stand there - but still none of them copied me. Are they that scared of maybe a few people staring at them as they walked the length of the bus??

The bus driver doesn't help by never insisting that they "step to the rear" or move down. One time he DID do this, and the idiots shuffled down a few feet and then stayed grouped together. Were they on a group-pheromone trip and didn't want to leave eachother's scent??? I wanted to scream at them "FOR F*CKS SAKE ARE YOU STUPID, LOOK HOW MUCH SPACE THERE IS!!!!!"

I vote for electrically-charged luggage racks, so that if anyone stands next to them the bus driver can zap them until they move.

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