thief of time

Thursday, July 29, 2004

Observations on a Train Trip

I had to take a trip into the city today by train and I noticed a couple of totally unrelated things.

I know I’m definitely showing my age, but has anyone noticed an increase in the number of older men who take the fashionably unshaven look to mean that they have permission to skip shaving for a few days? 

I’m not that fond of the fashion in any case, unless the fellow has been in the backwoods for awhile, or on holiday and can’t be bothered, but on older men it just looks truly off, probably because they’re old enough to know better.

Secondly, I’m sure we’ve all had the experience of being in traffic and looking across at a car and seeing the inhabitant doing something we’d truly prefer not to have seen.

What is it with a well-dressed, conservative businessman sitting across the aisle from you, engrossed in his briefcase, and doing exactly the same thing?  I know some people think there’s some sort of barrier of invisibility when they’re in the car, but are there individuals who think they have that same barrier in public transport?

I’ll say one thing, it makes me think that the custom of shaking hands in our culture is one that we might be better advised to exchange for a polite bow.

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