Friday, January 23, 2009

The Pregnant Straphanger - I won the seat lottery

10, 11 & 12
January 13
B38 bus
African-American woman, late teens/early 20s
African-American woman, 40s?
Caucasian woman, 40s?

I am getting really bad at guessing people ages so bear with me. On this Tuesday morning, I won the seat lottery. I boarded the B38 and a young person offered me her seat. I declined because she was wedged between two fatties. The lady to her right was big, the the man to her left was huge and also taking up half her seat. The poor girl only had the front few inches of her seat and still had to lean forward to sit. She was little and looked uncomfortable herself. At the next stop, someone got off and the woman standing next to me offered the empty seat to me first before taking it for herself. I declined because there were just a couple more stops to go and not much traffic. More people got on and I had to keep moving to the rear of the bus (something that a lot of B38 riders seem incapable of doing). So at the following stop I was standing at a different part of the bus and another lady offered me her seat.

13.
January 13
Q train / Dekalb
A DUDE! Late 20s/early 30s?

I have no idea what his ethnicity was. He looked like he could be half Asian or Mexican. I really don't know. But anyway, he was the first dude and only dude to ever offer my pregnant ass a seat on the subway, although yesterday an older Hasidic man moved his coat off the unoccupied bump seat before I could even ask him to. That request is usually met with a stare or a glare. I think all my chips have been used up because no one has given me their seat the last 10 days and I think I might have gotten twice as big. Also more people are bumping into me or making me walk around them (like the idiot lady this morning on the subway platform who stood right in front of the doors as they opened, blocking my path out). Maybe I should rename these posts to the Pregnant and Cranky Straphanger.

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2 Comments:

Blogger janejkang@gmail.com said...

no, seriously. I cannot believe that people don't offer you their seat... am i that.. naive? eek!

seriously? I really can't wrap my head around the idea.

send this blog to gothamist!
make postcards, hand them out at fort greene park.

Seat Awareness Month!
xoxo

January 23, 2009 3:01 PM  
Anonymous glen chernack said...

glen here...i joke with Jane but we are gonna do it once her bump gets bigger:
1. get on subway
2. jane has no seat and no one is offering
3. jane says, "Hello ladies and gentlemen...please excuse the interruption. I am not selling any candy nor do i play on a basketball team. Ladies and Gentleman I am not Fat...I am Pregnant. If you have a seat or sandwich you could offer me i would greatly appreciate it. Thank you and god bless. may this never happen to you.
4. repeat if no seat or food is offered...go to the opposite end of train car and repeat.

January 23, 2009 7:18 PM  

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