My Attitude Takes the Morning Train!

No seriously. I feel like the minute I step into the subway, I become this heinous human being. If someone is too close to me, I sigh or groan audibly so they can definitely hear me. If I need to get by and people aren’t moving, I yell, “Excuse ME!” in a super obnoxious loud voice. Forget it if their hand keeps slipping down the pole (heh) and touching mine. Or if you are too big for the vacant seat next to me, and jam yourself in. Oh no, don’t mind me! I was just sitting here and now half your body is overlapping mine!! I may be small, but I like my space dammit.

It’s all very “This is your dance space, this is my dance space.” ๐Ÿ™‚

But there is a part of me that shows my polite side on the train. A few weeks ago this elderly man was coming down the stairs, and the train had pulled up to the platform before he was at the bottom. He was having a hard time walking (and he had a cane), so when the train doors opened, instead of cramming myself inside as fast as possible to get a seat, I held the door open to make sure he got in. Sure he didn’t thank me (he seemed a little crotchety), but at least I did my good deed. (And still got a seat!)

I would say that in life I am generally a polite person. I hold doors open for people (and then yell YOU’RE WELCOME! after them if they don’t say thank you.) If someone drops something by me I’ll generally pick it up. I try to always say “Please”, “Thank You” and “You’re Welcome”. (Not counting when I yell it at people.)

So what is it about the New York subway that turns me into an asshole??


  1. A Margarita says

    It has to be the same thing that turns me into an asshole. I think it’s the crush of people who have no regard for anyone but themselves. That me-first mentality that I encounter brings it out in me as well.

  2. Having recently ridden the subway, I’m going to say…the smell. You’re welcome!

  3. I am such an impatient asshole on the T… if someone doesn’t move out of the way or is taking up half of my seat I give dirty looks, sigh loudly, and roll my eyes right in front of them. Seriously though, subways are the places to do it if there ever was a place.

  4. it’s stories like those that make me glad i don’t take a subway, haha. i would become a bitch too.

  5. Dude. You so hit the nail on the head.

  6. I am definitely a total bitch on the train (I don’t often show it, but yes I am secretly judging you…)

    See my multiple posts on public transit hate if you don’t believe me. haha…

  7. notthelifeiordered says

    It turns EVERYONE into a bitch. I am the worst of the worst, I’ve shoved, I’ve gotten rude, I’ve yelled. Its the closest thing I have to a severe alter ego. Its something about the lack of sunlight and recycled air and being forced to share crowded spaces with other people that does it. I’m convinced!

  8. The Brooklyn Boy says

    I had a huuuuge crush on this model-pretty redhead I took the same bus with every morning traveling to my last job. Then I dropped my pen in front of her one day, and when she didn’t even make the slightest effort to pick it up, I decided she was too big of a bitch to be worth my unrequited crush love.

    The end.

  9. I think this is true of pretty much everyone on public transportation. I get so annoyed when people don’t do the whole stand to the right/walk to the left thing on the escalators (and when I moved here I didn’t know that but I still make a noise when someone is in my way!)

  10. While I try not to show my pissed-off-ness too much on the subway, you can bet I am feeling it. I think there is just some kind of subway-pissiness vibe here in the city…

  11. It’s all the other assholes. At least that’s my excuse. ๐Ÿ™‚

  12. I’m totally the same way! In Boston, I’ll knock people over, almost, to get a good seat slash a good place to stand. But, I’m such a nice person normally! I don’t get it…
    Oh, and the yelling, “You’re welcome!” thing? I totally do that, too. What, it’s so hard to say “thanks”? ๐Ÿ™‚

  13. theycallmecurlysue says

    I would have to agree with you here. If I ever had to ride a subway I would not be happy–never have and don’t ever want to. Not only is it gross down there, too many people, stampede issues and being underground freak me out. Do you have an iPod or something to listen to in order to help?

  14. Sometimes on the subway to entertain myself, I put a fun dance song on my iPod and I picture what it would look like if everyone started rocking out to the song. It sounds really lame and weird and…wow, am I actually posting this on the internet? Yeah. Anyway, it’s fun because people on the subway usually ARE jerks or they smell or they just took your seat and the ride goes by so much faster if you’re picturing them shaking their bootys to Beyonce.


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