‘Member when Boston Globe advice columnist Miss Conduct asked us for responses to some douche who wrote to her complaining about fat people who don’t have the decency to get thin before boarding public transportation? Well, her column about it is finally up, and as usual, she rocks.
A subway or bus token buys you the right to a ride, not to a seat or an enjoyable experience. As a short person, I don’t like having my face stuck in some basketball player’s armpit when I ride, but such is the case at times. As a person with a bad back, I don’t like having to get up and surrender my seat to an elderly person, but this happens, too. I don’t like hearing secondhand rap music from a neighbor’s ear buds or shrieking drunken dialogue, nor do I like smelling Axe body spray or last night’s Mad Dog 20/20. But when you take public transportation, you need to develop tolerance and detachment. If you can’t handle contact with the flesh of strangers, public transportation is not for you.
She’s also running reader responses, including some from Shapelings, on her blog. Go check it out!
(Registration may be required to read her stuff. Grrrrrr. Dear Miss Conduct, how can I tell my favorite newspapers that requiring registration is unbelievably irritating and outdated? Love, Kate.)