I think I have one of these faces. I like to smile, in fact I will smile at anyone whether they are receptive to it or not. It would appear that the act of smiling very often leads into the art of the awkward return smile and sometimes rebound conversation.
On an unmanned TRAIN platform in the middle of the universe:
Stranger: Lovely morning isn’t it.
Me: It sure is, but it’s very warm.
Stranger: You waiting for something?
Me: Yes, the train.
Stranger: It’s very warm isn’t it.
Train pulls into the station.
Stranger: Is that the train then.
Me: Yes, you getting on?
Stranger: No I think I’ll wait for the train.
Me: Ummm ok then, have a nice day!
Forgive me for being a little confused by this. There is only one line, with all trains going to the same place. I can only imagine he was waiting for a special train. I might check it out on Monday, it could lead me on a very exciting adventure.
At a table, on a moving train in the middle of the same universe.
Stranger: That’s one hell of a phone you have there girl.
Me: Smiling and laughing. That’s not a phone, it’s a tablet.
Stranger: Ach no, I wouldn’t want to be swallowing that thing.
We both laugh at his amazing quip.
Stranger: So what are you doing?
Me: I’m writing.
Stranger: Writing what?
Me: A blog.
Stranger: A wha?
Me: A blog.
Stranger: What’s a blog then?
Me: Hmmm it’s kinda like an online diary.
Stranger: Oh. There must be some good stuff in there then.(In a nudge nudge, wink wink way)
Me: Not really, it’s pretty boring actually.
Stranger: Well it looks exciting. I might have to get me a big old phone like that and one of those there blog things.
Me: What would you call it?
Stranger: You said it was a tablet.
Me: No I meant your blog.
Stranger: It needs a name?
Me: Yes it has to have a title.
Stranger: (Thinks for a minute rapping fingers on the table) Sure I’ll name it Fido after me dog.
Me: (Laughing) Aye that’s dead on. I’ll keep an eye out for it, see ye later.
I think I might stop smiling.
2 thoughts on “The Joys of Modern Travel Part 8…Conversations on trains!”
Some questions: blogging isn’t borin, right?
And: the stranger called you a girl, so now I want confirmation of your gender please.
It’s also very amusing to hear other conversations on buses or trains. Sometimes it’s impossible not to listen…
Lol no it’s not boring, but I think he meant along the lines of juicy gossip!
And yes I’m a female :)