Every car on the red line has either one or two single seats in the back. All of the other seats are paired. I don’t know why the singles are never among the first to be taken. I’m glad, though, because those seats are MINE, dammit. Sittin in one now.
Maybe people don’t like them because they’re sideways. I agree, getting thrown left and right instead of forward and back is definitely annoying. But not as annoying as having some fatass take up half of you seat along with theirs, or smelling someone’s awful breath (or even just the smell of their gum, knowing that that air was just in THEM — eughhh), or having someone talk loudly on their phone next to you, or block you in when you’re trying to get out (maybe, just MAYBE they do a half swivel, assholes), or fucking… fall asleep on you. Helllls no. I needs my personal space.
Besides… unless there are two single seats (there usually aren’t), you’re not facing anyone. It’s so much easier to avoid eye contact that way. And there’s no one to read over your shoulder (some people, like me, are paranoid about that kind of thing) (or just everything).
Not that I don’t stare at people on the train. I just do it the sneaky way: by pretending to look out the window while I’m actually checking out people’s reflctions in the glass. When there’s anyone interesting to look at, I mean. I usually ride at rush hour. Clones clones clones clones clones. Clones in the morning get of at Lake. Clones in the evening get off… uh… well, lots of ’em get off at my stop. But I ain’t one of ’em, I swears! I’m not wearing flip-flops nor anything by North Face, I don’t have highlighted hair that’s slightly past my shoulders, and my handbag doesn’t have a single bloody logo on it. I’m not reading “Eat, Pray, Live”, or anything on Oprah’s list. I am, however, fiddling with my phone. But I’m not checking my work e-mail, because then I’d have to kill myself.
Fuck all that. I’m not getting off at that stop today. I’ll get off at Wilson. Shorter walk. Slightly greater chance of getting mugged. “Doors open on the left at Wilson.” “Minorities other than Asians get off the train at Wilson.”