cell_phone_boothHere is what I heard today on the Metro! I was sitting near one of the exit doors. Behind me in a big booming voice a woman was barking into her cell phone, “Ok you need to stop yelling in my ear!” apparently oblivious to the fact that she was yelling! Then the following (one sided) conversation ensued:

“A person can’t help who their best friend is! he’s my best friend and if you don’t like it you can go!”

“No you can’t!”

“He’s my best friend and you need to respect that!”

By this time the woman had passed me and was standing by the door. She was a tiny thing holding a cell phone in one hand and holding the hand of what looked to be a hapless two or three year old boy. The little boy squirmed and looked wide eyed around the metro car. He seemed to me to be embarrassed. I smiled at him. Then the doors opened and this woman exited the train with this parting shot:

“At least my best friend works and is a productive member of society, your best friend is in jail!”

With that she left dragging her bewildered little boy with her off the train!

Yesterday I must have been wearing a sign that said, “if you are three hundred pounds please sit next to me!”. Thats what happened on my commuter bus and the Metro! I’ve also realized I have becoming increasingly intolerant of cigarette smoke and people talking on their cell phones. You can’t escape cell phones anymore. Wherever I go I am bombarded by the cacophonous sound of people barking into their cell phones. On the street, on the metro, on the bus, in the grocary store, –its madding! I am saturated with the intimate and often times boring details of peoples lives and guess what?? I DON’T CARE!!! Thank goodness I have discovered NPR pod casts. I download This American Life, Old Time Radio, and other shows and broadcasts so I can put on my headphones and hear somone talking about something I actually care about.

Last week it was freezing cold. That coupled with freezing wind made my eyes sting and run. This week its down right balmy with temperatures in the 50s and 60s! My Mom used to say that this was pneumonia weather and make me wear a heavy winter coat even if it was 60 out. I am giving you this weather report in order to make an observation. We have had a huge increase in ridership. At first I thought it was because of the snow and cold weather but now I think its because of the lousy economy and people are saving on gas and the wear and tear on their cars.
People aren’t buying new cars. They are making due with what they already have.

And speaking of cars I wish some people would just take their gas guzzling SUVs and stick them up their dupas! I have an energy efficient economy sized car. When I am flanked by TWO SUVs in the parking lot its HELL getting out of the space!

This week both Jaunty and Well Groomed smiled at me! I glowed all day after that!

funny-pictures-technical-support-catWireless carriers in the D.C.-metro area are preparing for a massive cell phone traffic gridlock on Inauguration Day.

WASHINGTON (CNN) — Hundreds of thousands of Americans are planning to converge on the National Mall to witness the historic moment when Barack Obama takes the oath of office and becomes the nation’s first African-American president.

But if they plan to share pictures or video of the moment Obama utters “so help me God,” with friends and family using their mobile phones, they may have to wait.

And wait… and wait… and wait.