Getting on and off the train drives me insane. INSANE. Let me explain using an example of a church kids activity from last weekend.
Picture this: 170 kids between the ages of 3 and 11 roaming from one activity booth to another inside a church gym. My booth was Jonah and the Whale. It seemed simple enough. Pack the kids into the "whale" (play tent with a cardboard whale face and tail), have "Jonah" (Christian) tell them a story, and give them a sticker and whale crackers on the way out. Sounds easy, right?
Mr. Whale looking tired before the fun even began...
"One at a time" didn't mean a thing to most of them. We pretty much spent two hours straight trying to herd cats: kids trying to get into the whale's mouth before the previous group had the chance to get out, an average of three kids trying to get into the whale's mouth at one time, tripping over the whale (causing the cardoard to tear), and the ever-obnoxious kids who feel the need to say, "That's not a whale--it's a tent with cardboard." Shut up, annoying kid. Go somewhere else if it's not cool enough for you. No crackers for you.
Enter my Caltrain commute.
Without fail, the train pulls up and everyone crowds the nearest door. Um, helloooo, people! You do this every morning! The people on the train have to get OFF the train before you can get ON. Why don't people just stand back until everyone has "detrained?" I don't get it.
This morning I stopped for a moment to let the rest of the bike commuters board the train before me. (They have to get all situated in the bike car, whereas I only need to sit down in a seat. I like the idea of letting them on first so they have more time.)
While I was standing at the edge of the door letting the bikes on, a man behind me pushed past and squeezed in front of me and one of the bikers. Did he think the train was going to leave without him if he let the bikes on first? Or worse, if he let the pregnant lady in front of him on first?
Seriously. Getting on the train makes me want to scream and shout. People are ridiculous. This is not the subway. The doors will not shut while people are trying to get in. We will all get on the train.
Looks like some people never learn to be patient and wait their turn.
I will forever be annoyed.
3 years ago