Friday, May 05, 2006

To rant or not to rant, that is the question

Oh fine, I'll rant only because it needs to be said.

It's spring people. The weather is decidedly beautiful. Most days there isn't much wind. We haven't had a lot of rain or snow. The sun, while brighter than we're used to and out for more hours, isn't gonna hurt you if you have to wait for the bus outside instead of....

In the doorway to a freaking office building!

Yes, that area you are using as a bus shelter that is surprisingly well decorated with real glass and granite is actually a doorway. To a building. That marble flooring behind you is not a cleverly painted trompe l'oeil to give you a prettier backdrop for waiting for public transit... it's actually a functional building. Those doors on either side of you... yep, made for passing through into the building.

That entryway is not owned by the city, and yes, those people walking through your beautifully decorated bus shelter are not a mere inconvenience to you. They are using the area for what it was meant to be used for.

I could understand your need to wait inside when it was -30. Even -20. -10 was pushing it, but we all know how practically teenaged girls dress. It's all about proper attire for the weather with them, so fine... But it's SPRING. Things aren't going mouldy out there, they're turning green because that's what happens in the spring when it warms up.

And... it also means that when it's 20 freakin degrees out, it's the same temperature outside as it is in your luxurious bus shelter. Stand outside! Why do you feel any benefit at all to standing in an area that is meant for a different purpose? Do you like the added attention of people swearing as they have to manouver you and your friend who are sharing the headphones for that MP3 player? Is it the ability to lean against a perfectly operable door so people have one less to use?

Or do you just like people thinking you're extremely dense/stupid/lazy/self-indulgent/spoiled/rude/ignorant... I can go on, but I think you get the point. Grow up. If you're taking public transit, understand the difference between bus shelters and building entryways.


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