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Wednesday, March 08, 2006

Les Miserables? Nous?

I never really get the common complaint that people look miserable on the tube.

As far as I can tell, people don’t actually look that miserable. They don't weep, tear out their hair or chew off their own hands. They don't sing arias about death or manifest other traditional signs of misery.

They just aren’t smiling, that’s all.

But so what? I mean, do people sit beaming on other modes of transport? Do they grin inanely while flying? Have jolly sing-alongs to “You Are The Sunshine Of My Life” during the school run?

Well, frankly, if the answer to the last question is yes, you must be a character off Cheaper By The Dozen.

So there! We commuters aren't miserable, we are just resting our facial muscles. Now bugger off.


At 2:24 PM, Anonymous mia said...

"They just aren't smiling that's all"

Exactly! We don't commute to socialise, we commute to get home as fast as possible to socialise! :)

Although I have to admit that a smile from a stranger is enough to lighten up a whole day!

At 7:19 PM, Blogger "the b" said...

Just passing through and read that post and THANK YOU! It's so true. I've always felt that it is unjust to moan about how miserable we look on the tube but never known how to put it into words.

At 12:42 AM, Blogger ChickyBabe said...

Too busy to smile on any public transport. Just get me home or get me to work!

At 5:13 PM, Blogger Léonie said...

Oh, yes.

I think it is HUGELY unfair that people are mean to us about our 'tube faces'.

I am not sure that the consequences of smiling benignly and complimenting people on their shoes/briefcase/choice of readin matter would be at all healthly, and I suspect it would end in trauma and/or death.

I, for one, am keeping my tube face. It is protection.

Thank you for this very, very true post.


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