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« Reply #15 on: June 15, 2017, 11:27:52 am »
I was in Vancouver last weekend.  I drove.  It's definitely stressful.  Especially downtown and Granville Island.

I was a die hard city girl who couldn't imagine being more than 10 minutes driving distance from the downtown core, but ever since I moved to the burbs, I can't stand it anymore. 

I have to go downtown once a month to see a client and I go crazy.  I have several friends in the neighbourhood who commute every day to the city and I just couldn't imagine.

If I ever have the misfortune of having to work downtown every day I would take the skytrain and download a bunch of netflix shows to watch en route.

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« Reply #16 on: June 15, 2017, 12:50:31 pm »
  I have several friends in the neighbourhood who commute every day to the city and I just couldn't imagine.

Wait.  Is this Vancouver ?  How does it work ?

One time I was there and somebody told us to take the 'C' bus.  But ... no ... it was the 'Sea Bus'.  The damn transit there goes on the OCEAN.  :D

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« Reply #17 on: June 15, 2017, 12:58:52 pm »
BTW.  I took the subway to the Chiropractor at lunch.  3 short stops but a wealth of experiences:

-Slow train due to signal work (at lunch hour on a WEEKDAY ?  really ? ) causing 3 mins delay
-A beggar inside the subway car.  Well behaved, but sorry - no.  That's out of bounds.  The nice young lady politely ignored him
-Some high school lesbians maybe playing hooky.  When another cute girl got on the train I put my eyes on the more aggressive looking one, and sure enough she checked out the new girl thoroughly.  :D People are so predictable.
- In the middle of downtown I happened to run into a lady who is actually on my team.  Very restrained and quiet person.  She was outdoors, and as McLuhan said Canadians are the only people who go outside to be alone.  She was dangling her purse and twirling her hair as she leaned against a building at Yonge and Queen.  Quite a character study.
- Hint: if you are heading down to a platform on stairs or escalator and you hear there's a train down there, try to determine which side the people are coming up the stairs from.  It might make it worthwhile to run for the train if it's the right one.

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Re: Transit Culture
« Reply #18 on: June 15, 2017, 02:43:16 pm »
I had to tap a young black kid on the shoulder, because he had his eyes closed and was blocking an open seat.
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« Reply #19 on: June 15, 2017, 03:59:49 pm »
Wait.  Is this Vancouver ?  How does it work ?

One time I was there and somebody told us to take the 'C' bus.  But ... no ... it was the 'Sea Bus'.  The damn transit there goes on the OCEAN.  :D

Haha.  I grew up on the north shore so I've been familiar with the seabus all my life.  I used to catch it to go see movies downtown and it was just the coolest thing as a teenager. 

I never considered how it would sound to someone not local. 

What the heck were they thinking now that you mention it.

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« Reply #20 on: June 15, 2017, 09:47:51 pm »
So far I'm the only one on 'transit'....  :D

I'm on transit daily.  For six years I skytrained from Surrey to Downtown Vancouver.  Now, I take a bus.   I prefer to ignore everyone else because I don't like making small talk.  I look safe and approachable, unfortunately, so people tend to ask me questions about stuff that I usually know nothing about. 

You are not the only transit reporter.  There's a twitter user who also gives transit updates; calls herself 'gropedgirl' and describes the impolite behavior of some men. 

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Re: Transit Culture
« Reply #21 on: June 15, 2017, 10:05:56 pm »
You're a moderator in real life too?

No - I took the seat.

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« Reply #22 on: June 15, 2017, 10:06:57 pm »
  There's a twitter user who also gives transit updates; calls herself 'gropedgirl' and describes the impolite behavior of some men.

I am always polite.

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« Reply #23 on: June 15, 2017, 11:35:03 pm »
So far I'm the only one on 'transit'....  :D

The best thing about transit is that you don't have to drive LOL.  That is, when you wake up in the morning & you're still half asleep you can space out and just sit there like a zombie until you arrive at work/school.

I find it hilarious that the hip urban folks who are most addicted to their cell phones can't use texting or data while on the subway, and for the only time during the day when they have a lot of free time just waiting around it's also the only time they don't have access to their phones.  Since human beings don't actually talk to each other face-to-face in this day & age (again, cellphones), the subway is just people staring into the abyss of their cold dark brains waiting for the drugery of non-cellphone life to end. Or they play Candy Crush.
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Re: Transit Culture
« Reply #24 on: June 16, 2017, 06:21:21 am »
What the heck were they thinking now that you mention it.

'Watery bus' and 'Sea Boat' are both clearer choices.
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Re: Transit Culture
« Reply #25 on: June 16, 2017, 06:24:19 am »


I find it hilarious that the hip urban folks who are most addicted to their cell phones can't use texting or data while on the subway, and for the only time during the day when they have a lot of free time just waiting around it's also the only time they don't have access to their phones.  Since human beings don't actually talk to each other face-to-face in this day & age (again, cellphones), the subway is just people staring into the abyss of their cold dark brains waiting for the drugery of non-cellphone life to end. Or they play Candy Crush.

A revelation, some information, and an idea for another thread:

I am the definition of an old hipster.  I am such a hipster that I actually iconoclastically call myself one !

You clearly haven't heard about the $40/month 4GB plan that really only works in urban centres called Freedom Mobile.  You get data in the stations, but not in the tunnels.  Works great.

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Re: Transit Culture
« Reply #26 on: June 16, 2017, 08:36:22 am »
Not much to add for the Transit Report today other than we're now in the summer months where rush hour (815 am) is pretty light, and there are lots of seats.

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« Reply #27 on: June 16, 2017, 09:48:30 am »
Good, good. Stay safe, Mike.

 -k

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« Reply #28 on: June 16, 2017, 03:05:59 pm »
Transit report: demographics and subway activities:

My seating area has 10 folks:
6 Asian women
2 middle aged white men
2 middle aged white women

6 people on phones
2 reading
2 sitting glumly


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Re: Transit Culture
« Reply #29 on: June 17, 2017, 11:17:28 am »
Michael!  What is your status?  How is transit moving this morning?

 -k