Friday, January 30, 2009

The Pregnant Straphanger needs to keep her coat unzipped

January 27
Q train / Dekalb
Caucasian woman, late 20s

Though I usually take off my hat and scarf, and unzip my coat when I get to the subway platform because I'm about to pass out from heatstroke, there are some super frigid mornings where I choose to stay bundled up. This morning was particularly cold and there was a long wait for the bus, so I kept my jacket zipped. The train wasn't packed but of course I wasn't quick enough to grab an empty seat. About 1/3 of the way over the Manhattan Bridge, the woman noticed me and got my attention to offer me her seat. She was a crunchy, outdoorsy type who probably knew about Sigg bottles way before anyone else. She smiled and told me I should keep my coat open as she got up. I wanted to tell her that an open coat rarely makes a difference, that there are too may commuters on the train and bus who are douches and just don't care. Also I think even with my coat zipped I look pretty big.

Instead I thanked her and happily took over her seat.

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