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My ultrasound technician (why yes, I do feel like she's my ultrasound technician at the moment, I'm sure it's a bad sign) told me an interesting observation of hers today.

We'd been discussing issues of safety on trains - especially on the local train line here, which has what one might call a colourful mix of passengers. She has observed that the first and last carriages are the ones you avoid if you wish to avoid glue sniffers and loud drunks. I mentioned that thus far (touchwood) my experiences have been indifferent or positive, and I have to sit in the front carriage on account of the mobility scooter (the driver is responsible for letting you in and out with the ramp).

And she said that when a wheelchair or scooter user gets in, the troubling people clear out to another carriage, because the driver has to come along to assist.

Which means whenever I'm catching a train, I'm making life that tiny bit more comfortable for the ablebodied folk who don't have substance abuse issues.

Isn't that nice?

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Oct. 23rd, 2015 07:24 am (UTC)
Good thought!

I once got on the first car, when a respectable married-lady server from a local Mexican restaurant in downtown got on a few seats away.

A drunk proceeded to sit next to her and lean over in front of her face and breathe on her admiringly and tell her, "Oh, senorita, ustead es tan bonita!" [young lady, you are so pretty!] ...

I'm like, Hmm... being ancient and no longer an active oilfield hand...

So I summoned up some moribund high school Spanish and leaned over and said loud enough for all concerned to hear, "Leticia, quiere tirar tarjetas en Viernes otra vez?" [you want to go shoot targets on Friday again?] She brighly replied, "Si!" [yes]

The drunk took about 1 1/2 seconds to digest that, gave her an alarmed look and sat up very straight, looking much more sober all of a sudden. About a second later he stood up and took off down the car to a presumably safer location...
Oct. 23rd, 2015 08:16 am (UTC)
Nice one!

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