Posted by Dom
I’ve recently moved house, an experience which was remarkably stress-free considering how painful it could have been. One thing that I’m still getting my head around is the change in my daily journey to work, however. Instead of a brief couple of journeys from Kingston to the MSN offices in Victoria, I now have a much longer, but direct train from the teeny station at West Sutton.
Sitting down for any long journey gives you a great opportunity to people-spot, and observe how different characters deal with the often soul-destroying hassles and complications of even the most simple commute to work in the morning.
Some people just stare blankly into space, lost in a world of thought, tiredness or boredom. Others let the whole carriage share in their dodgy music taste by putting their iPod on at full blast (I always thought that perhaps one of the biggest indications of getting old is complaining about people’s music being too loud, and now I’m doing it myself. Yikes).
Many people, of course, TALK ON THE PHONE REALLY LOUDLY, just so everyone can fully grasp how earth-shatteringly important and busy their lives are…
Dom Joly in Trigger Happy TV
I used to barely have the energy or the time to do anything but glance at the Metro, but my new longer ride now allows me both to catch up on the mountain of books I have to read (I’m currently enjoying Tom Sykes’ entertaining tale of alcoholic journalistic excess, What Did I Do Last Night?), or simply just relax by playing a couple of the brilliant new games out for the Nintendo DS (current fave: Space Invaders Deluxe. With headphones in, of course!).
Despite the irritants of the train, many more people are now choosing it over the car as their preferred way to get into work. The absurdly high cost of train fares is an unfortunate drawback, although if you keep your eyes open there are still some opportunities around to get money-off deals – for instance, you can enter our free draw to win your commuting costs paid for and hope you strike it lucky.
What do you do to pass the time on the way in to work, and what are your pet peeves about fellow passenger behaviour?