I noticed with great irony that there was a sign on the floor where I was standing on the MAX train today. Why were we standing on the Don’t Stand Here location? Because they decided to run the line with A single train car. We were packed in that this is where I could stand and NOT feel like I was smooshed. Then at one station, a young Latino couple in love came and stood as close as possible to me and started making out. I was one kiss shy away from being part of a threesome on the train. And while they spoke their words of passion to each other in Spanish (words I understood mind you – gracias Senor Precio), I couldn’t help but admire the fact that in the midst of all of the discomfort, they were too into each other to truly care.
Oh, and a couple people after hearing my story about public transportation made a few comments about not liking to take it. I take it out of pure economics. It is $75 for a transit pass (train and bus) or it’s around $300 +/- $50 to park a car in downtown Monday thru Friday 7am-6pm. I can’t justify the money on parking. So, the train it is. The upside – I get to listen to my music on my iPhone and rediscover forgotten albums. Love that!