My holiday respite from my crowded commute is over. It officially ended Monday afternoon.
You see, I take the train to meet my beloved and he then drives me home.
I get on the train at the 4th stop going south (there are more stops going north, but I try not to pay attention to anything north of our downtown core because it is too plebeian).
- The first stop serves federal and civic government employees.
- The second is used by passengers who work in the tall business office towers and exclusive shopping boutiques.
- The third stop is close to a college and business school and used by students.
- By the time the train reaches my stop, the fourth stop, I and a multitude of provincial government employees are on this platform waiting to embark:
I am willing to stand for my ride south, but I still need personal space during the journey. I have even been known to wait 6 minutes for a second train because I did not think I would have adequate personal space on the first train. The problem is, not everyone seems to share my need for personal boundaries.
After my stop the train crosses the river then stops on the far bank at the university.
Clearly youth is more comfortable with direct physical contact than we, the middle aged.
On the Monday question I got on the first train, having decided I had adequate space. Then at the univeristy 20 more students than common sense and physical space should have allowed for decided to squeeze on.
I was wedged up next to some amazonian proto-intellectual, my head under her chin.
As god as my witness, it took every ounce of my will to not scream and flail about in protest.
I stood suffering for 15 minutes as her breath parted my hair and proceeded down my exposed neck and into my blouse. It was horrific. I prefer to save that level of intimacy for my husband, in private.