Tuesday, September 18, 2007

On personal space, cycle laws, and supermarkets.

In the past few days, I have found myself in a bit of a quandary. On both of my National Express bus trips and today while waiting to catch a train back to Norwich, my personal space has been grossly invaded. In my first bus incident, I was trying to sleep, curled up next to the window and listening to my I-Pod, clearly on my half of the pair of seats. However, the man seated next to met bumped my arm, elbow, and leg no less than thirty times during a two and a half hour ride, causing me to never quite fall asleep. I didn't say anything, because I didn't want to cause trouble, but I wished I had. The following day, on my return journey, I was seated next to a fellow who insisted on reading his newspaper but clunking into me every time he turned the page, clearly extending his body into my airspace. This was outrageous, but once again, I didn't want to cause conflict. After today's incident of a similar nature, I have come to a conclusion: This behavior is curiously acceptable in the United Kingdom.

Perhaps Americans' strategy of mutually assured destruction (we never know who we are seated next to who's carry a nine millimeter handgun or a Glock or a Smith & Wesson revolver) prevents such infractions from taking place. But I am 100% sure that if I literally rubbed against someone the wrong way in Philadelphia, I could expect not only a verbal lashing, but maybe even some physical violence directed toward me.

Stay tuned for future updates concerning British Supermarkets and Cycle Laws!


Jared said...

maybe you shouldn't sleep on the fucking bus

Rachel said...

"I didn't say anything, because I didn't want to cause trouble.." Who is this writing and what did you do with Morse?? ;)