I ride the Boston subway system regularly. It is relatively inexpensive, and is generally efficient. But is can also drive one crazy. So here is my Top Ten of things I hate about riding the MBTA:
10. The new cloth seatcovers that make it difficult to tell if the seat is wet.
9. People who take up more than one seat because, hey, their package (or briefcase or backpack) needs a seat also.
8. Men who take up more than one seat because they insist on spreading their legs.
7. People who stand in front of empty seats.
6. The conductor who has never figured out how to use the mike to announce stops so you can understand them which is closely related to
5. The T management which has taken the individuality out of the annoucements (I used to have one who sang the stops and another who annouced the historic sites at each stop.)
4. People who can’t converse without being loud and using excessive profanity.
3. People who play their music so loudly I can hear it from across the aisle and down the car – and they are using ear phones.
2. People who have loud cell phone conversations – especially when they are personal.
1. People who insist on standing in front of the door and seem to not understand that they need to move so you can get off.
I’m not David Letterman, but I do my best.