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To be read while listening to Beyonce’s “Put a Ring on It”.
So here’s the thing, you’ve seen someone on transit that has caught your fancy but you`re not sure what should be your next step. In a previous blog entry I gave some guidelines as to what you should do if you commute on a city bus or the Skytrain. I know, I know, you`re probably thinking “But Transit Gurrl, what should I do if I see someone on the Canada Line or one of the suburban buses?” Good question! I’m glad you asked because it’s a whole different ball of wax when it comes to those transit routes.
Before you make your move it’s important it’s important to remember courting on transit is a lot like going to Disneyland. Yes, I said Disneyland!
- It’s worth the price of admission.
- Be careful not to sit in anything sticky.
- Keep your hands to yourself and in the cart at all times.
- People will talk about what they see.
- It’s a small world after all.
Please pay close attention to points 4 and 5 because they’re very important. We suburban commuters see each other every day and while we may not know everyone’s names, any points of interest are most certainly commented on.
I’ve seen passengers share updates about the medical status of absent riders, listened to speculation about occupation and marital status, not to mention heard recaps of any arguments. Yes, we passengers see it all and hear it all so if anything out of the ordinary happens, it will won’t just be discussed, it will be dissected. Also, this information will be shared between bus routes because remember, it’s a small world after all.
Think of it this way; there are seats for approximately 30 people on the coach-style buses and most people tend to nap for at least a portion of the commute, which means that each person is sleeping with approximately 60 people (including the driver) per day – that’s pretty darn intimate!
Ah, but I digress – you wanted to know how meet that special someone. Let look at a real-life experience.
My friend takes the bus from the ‘burbs to the Canada Line, and then on to the Broadway Station. There’s a man who’s been taking the same bus and train as her and he’s decided that the best way to win her affection is to sit nearby and stare ceaselessly with crazy googly eyes. To make matters worse, he gets off at the same station as her (there’s speculation that he works at a local Vancouver radio station but riders are uncertain as to which one), and he maintains his eagle-eye on her even on the street. Yeah, she’s looking at alternate sources of transportation. Uh, hello, restraining order!
As previously advised, the best method is to start with the word “hello”. Yet again, simplicity works best. While the city buses and Skytrain may be more conducive to casual encounters, the suburban commuter lines are more geared to dating. This means that if you’re married like creepy guy (oh yeah forgot to mention he’s wearing the “ring of obience” – classy!) and looking to hook up, you may not want to troll the suburban transit lines for a roll because, yes, people will talk.
As for you readers who ride ferries, coach lines, or fly, again, start with hello and see where the road takes you. Happy trails!
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