Posted by: jacksterja | 22 November, 2006

Public Transport Friends

If you take the same bus or train at about the same time every day for any length of time, you are inevitably going to find yourself noticing other people who do the same.

When this starts to happen, it is possible that these fellow commuters might end up Public Transport Friends (PTFs).

But before you jump right in and start talking to every person who gets the same bus or train as you, I highly recommend that you think very carefully about the step you’re about to take. There are some pros and cons to having PTFs and it is very important to consider these before you take the plunge.

Firstly; Just because you catch the same train in the same direction at the same time as somebody, that does not mean that you have anything else in common with them.

Secondly; If you start talking to them and then realise you don’t like them, it’s extremely difficult to avoid them when the reason you know them is because you run into them on a regular basis.

Thirdly; Do you really want to have to chat to this person every day? Even when you’re in a bad mood? Or have a hangover?

Fourthly; don’t make the mistake of thinking that because someone strikes you as cute or interesting, that that fact alone will make things OK. Think back to every relationship you’ve ever had that’s ended, friend or more, and to how cute/interesting the other party seemed at first. Then think about how you’d feel if you had to catch the train or bus to work with them all every single morning now that they no longer seem quite so cute/interesting (or worse, now seems a psychotic nutcase)?

Trust me. Steer clear. It is so not worth it!

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