Boston Train Standoff

Hey there, I know it's been a while. I have changed jobs since the last time I posted here so I am back on the train and dealing with that commute. There hasn't been too much to report since December of last year outside of changing jobs. Interestingly enough, there are plenty of the same faces still riding the train from the last time I rode it in 2013. Today, something happened and I need to record it. If you have ever ridden the train, you know about the rush to the doors before the end of the ride. People start to jockey for position before the train stops to exit the train faster than others. The aisle gets filled with anxious passengers five or so minutes before the trip has end. I was sitting in the middle of the car in a seat that has room for two people. There was a young woman who sat in the seat in front of me and she was sitting closest to the aisle. With 3 minutes to go in the trip, she stood up. She didn't move so she stood in the aisle while the train moved forward. There were two gentlemen that lined up behind her. One looked like a student - he had headphones on and didn't seem to mind standing in the aisle in the middle of the car. The other guy, well, he was middle aged worker and he wanted to get to the front of the car. He shouts to her, "Will you move up?" She responded with. "There are many other people who also need to get out." I am not sure I understood her motive, but that's what she presented. The scene was uncomfortable so I put my hand to my eyes as if I were looking away from seeing an accident about to happen. When I looked again, the guy wasn't there - he must have turned to go out the door on the other side of the car. The woman's face was red with intensity. She had stood her ground and continued to stand there throughout the rest of the ride. To me, a better course of action should have been where the guy asked nicely if he could get by her. I think she would have accommodated him. Instead, we had a morning standoff. Boston Strong.


Departure Time From Home:6:55 AM
Arrival Time at Work:8:12 AM
Weather as I call it: Partly Cloudy, warm, 60s
Shady Gas Price: $3.34
Level of commute annoyance (scale of 1 to 10): 2
Feared for my life: No

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