Thursday, January 24, 2008

My Train Ride

When I sat down on the train this evening after work, I didn't pay much attention to the people around me. I simply got out my book (Steven Colbert's I Am America (And So Can You!)) and started reading. I decided not to listen to my iPhone because the battery was low and I could be receiving an important phone call at any time. As I began to read, the woman behind me began to nod off. As she slept, she began to snore. Very loudly. In fact, she was snoring so loudly that the guy beside me woke her up and told her she was snoring and disturbing everyone. I was surprised by his boldness. She was not. She promptly went back to sleep and began snoring again - even more loudly than before. Probably in spite. He tolerated her until he got off at Addison.

By the time we got to the Berwyn stop, she abruptly woke up and asked to no one in particular, "Does anyone have the time?" I responded with, "Nap time." She seemed confused by my response, but the riders around me chuckled and seemed relived that someone was willing to acknowledge their suffering at the hands of this snoring demon. Eventually, a nice lady offered up the time between chuckles and everyone was happy.

Until she fell asleep again.

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