Giving Thanks

Photo by Transit Gurrl

Photo by Transit Gurrl

Author’s note: thanks to the kind folks at my dentist’s office for posing for the photo.

I am not a parent and have willed my biological clock to stop ticking so it’s pretty much a given that whenever I see a child on transit I immediately tense up and am on red alert. Don’t get me wrong, I love babies because they’re cute and cuddly, but the sound of any child crying or whining prompts me to look for the nearest exit so that I can flee as swiftly as possible.

The other day I saw a little girl on the bus quietly munching on a cookie as she sat on her father’s lap. She was so adorable with her pigtails and barrettes that had little pink wings straight out of the sides of her head – talk about cuteness overload! But I digress…Seeing the little girl reminded me that it’s Canadian Thanksgiving this weekend and prompted me to reflect on what i am thankful for.

I am thankful for all of the bus drivers who get me to and from work every day. I’m thankful for the transit police that make commuting that much safer. I’m thankful for all of my bus buddies who’ve made my decades (gasp!) of riding transit that much better.

Thank you to all of the weird and wonderful people who take transit. You entertain and amuse me, you shock and surprise me, you always inspire me and sometimes you even frighten me.

Last but not least, thank you to my readers (in no particular order) from Canada, the United States, Germany, Australia, the United Kingdom, the Philippines, Switzerland, the Russian Federation, India, Kenya, Hong Kong, and Sweden. Your kind words and support are always appreciated.

Whether you’re Canadian or not, I encourage all of you to reflect upon what you’re thankful for this fine weekend.

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Hooking Ain’t Easy, Part Deux

Photo by Transit Gurrl

Photo by Transit Gurrl


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!

  1. It’s worth the price of admission.
  2. Be careful not to sit in anything sticky.
  3. Keep your hands to yourself and in the cart at all times.
  4. People will talk about what they see.
  5. 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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