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So, it's that time of year, when the students return (like swallows to Capistrano) to Boston. And thus it is time for yet another "[ profile] gnomi explains it all" post. Not that any of the people this post is directed toward will actually see it, but it'll make me feel better.

1. You see that thing in front of you? It's a Really Big Street. Running across it while those fast-moving things (we call them "cars") are barrelling down at you will hurt you more than it will hurt the cars.

2. Moving trucks, while useful, should not completely block any of the following: driveways, sidewalks, crosswalks, intersections. We know you have to move your stuff. However, some of us have to live here, too.

3. Speaking of crosswalks, please learn how to use them. No, really. They're not there purely for the amusement of line painters.

4. Ah, the T. Yes, it's a subway system. Yes, it gets you and your obnoxious friends from place to place. But it is not solely yours. The other commuters might want to be able to, say, read their newspapers free of your loud, obscene comments at 7:15 in the morning. Or even at 5:30 at night.

5. Also, you see those big signs in the T stations that say "There is no smoking permitted on MBTA property?" Those do apply to you. And they apply regardless of what you're choosing to smoke. I'm just saying.

6. We know you're eager to get on the train. But you and your aforementioned obnoxious friends are just making it harder for everyone if you're blocking the door, keeping those of us in the train from getting out. This also applies to people blocking the doors when inside the train; if you move out of the doorway, people will be able to get off the train and you will get to your destination faster.

7. While we're talking trains and etiquette, let's tackle getting to and from those trains. You see the escalator? It comfortably accommodates two people per stair. But here's the deal. Stay to the right if you want to stand and let the moving stairs propel you upwards. Stay to the left if you wish to walk up the stairs. This is established local tradition, and there's no need for the commuters to have to slalom purely because you and your aforementioned obnoxious friends can't be bothered to notice all the people standing to the right of the stairs.

8. Bicycles are great. We're all for them. In fact, we have bike lanes on some of our major streets. Please, however, pay attention to the following important fact: Bicycles are subject to the same laws as the cars if you're riding on the street (which, for the most part, you should be; many municipalities have laws against riding on sidewalks). This means that you have to stop when the light is red and allow the pedestrians to walk. This does not mean that you should barrel through the crosswalk and curse out the pedestrians who have the gumption to get into the crosswalk when you want to be there (despite the fact that they, not you, have the light).

So, welcome to Boston. Keeping these things in mind will make your life much simpler and will also prevent me from thwacking you with my elbow as I strive to get to or from work.

Thank you,
The management.

*Or, whenever I remember to post it or am reminded to post it.

Date: 2014-08-31 03:59 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
This is established local tradition

I have pretty much never gotten on the escalator at a T station without there being at least one person standing on the wrong side, and I commute on the T. Calling it "established" is a wee bit hyperbolic.

Date: 2014-08-31 11:07 am (UTC)
madfilkentist: Photo of Carl (Default)
From: [personal profile] madfilkentist
It's also an "established" tradition to be loudly offended when someone objects to their blocking the whole escalator.

Date: 2014-08-31 11:22 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
I have never seen that. There's occasionally some passive-aggressive "standing too close", or an "excuse me", but I haven't seen "loudly offended".

Of course, neither my anecdotes nor yours are "data". I'd be interested in a formal study...

Date: 2014-08-31 03:21 pm (UTC)
gilana: (Default)
From: [personal profile] gilana
There's also the reminder that should you be on a crowded T while wearing a backpack the size of a small toddler, take it off and put it at your feet. Because if you slam it into me one more one I will feed it to you, bite by bite.

Date: 2014-09-02 05:28 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
I think the swallows don't mess up traffic nearly as much.

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