You may think by now that I do harp on a bit about the trains, I do!
But it’s not so much the train service, but those who get on them. All I want to do is have a pleasant journey in relative peace and ponder on my thoughts or read something good.
But no, you aren’t allowed that. your privacy is invaded by those who think it grand to transport their office with them. They’re so executive that they can’t stop the phonecalls and laptop work for more than half an hour – the destiny of their companies depend upon it!
It won’t be long before the table part of the carraige will have not only the laptop and phone, but photo’s of the wife and kids (they are the one’s they see for about five minutes on a Sunday if they’re lucky, Saturdays spent at the Gym and watching Sport), a few files, desk diary and arty paperweight for good measure.
You try getting to the table seats before they do and spread your broadsheet paper on it. You’ll get tuts and stares to match. If you do remind them that laptop means just that a PC for the lap.
Why is it that every colleague they spend half the journey onto is called Tim? Why do they say “We’ll arrange a meeting, (looks at Outlook Calendar), how about fifteen five at three (15th of May at 3pm), OK confirm on mail in a tick”.
Well sorry, but has life really come to this. A chance to have a 40 minute break half way through the day and they can’t. Is it guilt, super efficiency, fear of losing the job or just a bit of a pose?
I don’t blame the Train companies, or do I? Some of them do have ‘quiet carraiges’ where mobile phones are, apparently, banned. But it doesn’t stop the tap tapping of keyboards, the bass rythm from ipods and people who can’t avoid a swear word for more than two sentences!
The other answer is not to make one quiet carraige, but a free for all one. Put them all in there and make my and countless other people’s journeys a pleasant one – after all, we paid for it!