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Wednesday, April 6, 2016

From the mailbag: Apples, puke and sympathy

from:L----P----@gmail.com
to:cj@thiscrazytrain.com
date:Mon, Mar 28, 2016 at 7:31 PM
subject:speed dialing crazy!

I was sitting in the Quiet Zone (I ride the 6 pm Stouffville train) and this guy sits next to me and at mid point in the train ride he pulls out this huge apple and starts to eat it. He's not even trying to be discreet. Plus he's biting into it and pulling the flesh away with his teeth so it makes this loud cracking sound. After about a minute, I couldn't listen to much more so I ask him to politely knock it off. He stops chewing and looks at me and says this apple is nature's toothbrush. And this is Canada, you can't tell me not to eat it and resumes chomping. So this lady came to my defense and says could you please do your toothbrushing in the bathroom?Thanks! Somebody laughed out loud. It was pretty awesome. He did chew a little quieter after that.

from:K-----H---@rogers.com
to:cj@thiscrazytrain.com
date:Tue, Feb 16, 2016 at 10:01 AM
subject:Someone barfed on our train

Hi Cj

Interesting morning on the 750 Whitby train.

Some guy got up quickly as we blew past Rouge Hill, stumbled into the aisle and then hurled his breakfast. He started to almost hyperventilate as he apologized to those of us around him he was trying to get to the bathroom. Lots of people had gotten up to vacate the area. 

I felt really bad for those who had no choice but to step in his vomit as they left the quad. I have no idea how he got cleaned up as I left with everyone else. I hope someone told the CSA. Hate to think it was just left like that.

K

from:C------A-------------@cogeco.ca
to:cj@thiscrazytrain.com
date:Fri, Apr 1, 2016 at 6:24 PM
subject:Shoutout to those on the LSW

Dear Cindy

This is the first time I've been compelled to send you a note. I happen to be on the train when this woman received a call in the Quiet Zone Wednesday night. She answered it and then became very distraught. She was sitting in a quad over from me. Turns out her father had been rushed to hospital unresponsive after becoming ill at work. She started to cry openly and many of us came over to comfort her. I mean, no one made one peep about it being the Quiet Zone. She is someone I recognize from the commute every day. 

I asked if there was anyone we could call for her and she asked us to call her sister to see if she could pick her up from the station. She was in no condition to drive. 

Someone gave her Kleenex and a bottle of water. When we arrived at Clarkson, the woman who gave her water and tissues got off with her to wait with her until her sister arrived and what was admirable was that Clarkson wasn't even this woman's stop. She said she'd just take the next train. I just to wanted to express how amazing I found it to be that all these people were willing to comfort her. I haven't seen her recently so I fear the worst. 

If there's a chance that she reads your website, I just want her to know I'm thinking about her. 

3 comments:

Yolanda B Cool said...

Plus 1 for lady asking him to brush his teeth in the bathroom. The puke situation was just ugh and I'm so glad that lady had the company of strangers to help her get through the train ride. Probably the only call worth taking in the QZ.

Firewolf500 AJ said...

Why did "K" hope someone told the CSA? Why couldn't K tell the CSA?

Tal Hartsfeld said...

I wouldn't want to be in the situation of the guy who "lost his breakfast" on the morning commute because he couldn't get to the bathroom quick enough.
I absolutely hate being chagrined and humiliated, especially when the situation isn't really my fault.