6'0 Tall wife to Muscle Man, mother of 3, full time career woman, with an addiction to running wherever her size 10's will take her.

Thursday, June 10, 2010

On the Train

An Open letter to the lady on the train....

Dear Lady in the Bright Red Top,

At 6:43 in the morning, as I boarded the Sounder train, all I wanted to do was find a seat and enjoy the 20 minute ride. I plopped down in the first available seat, across for you. Generally the seats are SHARED space but you had your makeup on one seat, concealer in the cup holder and two silver purses on the last seat. It seamed that you did not have time to apply your makeup prior to boarding the train, and yet I noticed that your purple metallic eye shadow had already been carefully applied from lash to brow.

You seemed annoyed that I had come into your SPACE as if I had thrown a curve ball in your makeup routine. REALLY? I must say I had no idea it took 3 minutes on each cheek to apply bronzer. I began to get settled and ignore your daily process when your chap stick came flying at me while you listened to your IPOD ON FULL BLAST. No apology?

I sat uncomfortable and ready for the trip to be over. I stared at the blush powder on the seat thinking of the unknowing passenger who would end up with a red bottom and dry cleaning bill. Just then you redeemed yourself, you took out a cotton pad and cleaned the seat. I felt badly for mentally cursing your seat hogging makeup antics and turned to watch the rain outside.

As I looked back up I noticed you were pushing back your cuticles on your red and blue checkerboard nails and clipping the dead skin. OH MY YUCK!! Really? There is a time and place for that and the train is not it.

Lady with the purple eye shadow, bright red shirt, over sized yellow flower ring, and multiple silver purses, please put on your makeup and do your nails prior to boarding the sounder train. And if you cannot please purchase CAUTION tape to warn tired passengers that the 4 seats are in fact taken.


All the best,

Tall Mom
A passenger who needs more coffee

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25 comments:

gmontalvo13 said...

oh my! sorry for your horrible experience! my biggest pet peeve is someone clipping their nails in public! gross!

Kim said...

Oh no! I have days like that!

TMB @ RACING WITH BABES said...

Seriously? You should have "accidentally" tripped into her and made her drop all of her crap onto the floor of the train ...

misszippy said...

Yuck! People like that are fascinating. I guess the only redeeming factor is that she wasn't doing it behind the wheel of a car.

Teamarcia said...

Blech! What is wrong with people?

Kayla said...

Ugh. I seriously wonder what people like that are thinking. There is a girl in my class who cuts her nails during class probably once a week, its disgusting.

shellyrm aka jogging stroller mama said...

Yuck! Okay. I could put up with the makeup routine but the nails. That's people grossness. Others lose enough skin, hair and general ickiness around me all day, let alone purposefully clipping it off of themselves in a shared space! Gross! You brave girl!

(~~when we looked at houses, I would rule out houses without new carpet because I have all hardwoods in PA and I KNOW what is on them in just one day. And that is from the people I love not strangers!)

Navy Wife on a Diet said...

I have to concur with MissZippy. At least she's doing it on the train and not while driving. But yes, its awkward to watch someone pretty themselves. I use the term loosely. As for flying DNA...yuck!

Carly said...

Some people just don't have any sense of boundaries.

Stacey said...

Wow! Some people just don't get it! But thanks for making me laugh!

Julie said...

oh my goodness. You should have started shaving your armpits in her 'space' and told her you didn't have time to do it at home. ;)

Marlene said...

Ahahahahahaha, you just never know WHAT or WHO you will see on the train. ICK to the clippings!

Hope you are having a great Thursday. This time in two weeks I WILL BE ALMOST THERE!

Melissa said...

You are KILLING me! LOL!

Bethany + Ryan said...

Eww, I hate when ppl cut their nails in public! One time ryan and I had a cab driver who would cut his nails when we stopped at a red light, one of the nail clippings flew in the back seat and landed on Ryan's hand!!!

5 Miles 2 Empty said...

Can't believe you didn't say Hi! I was too busy getting ready I didn't recognize you! =)

That is the craziest thing!! Is this the first time you have seen her? I wonder where she was going? Work? A random call-girl type date? Therapy? Who knows!?

Laurie said...

I definitely get grossed out with public fingernail clipping... to me the only thing grosser is public teeth flossing. Yuck! Sometimes public transportation is scary. Sorry for your horrible experience.

Zoƫ said...

I'm so sorry, Tall Mom! I promise to be more courteous when I see you on the train...but you know that this face takes time, and the lighting on the train makes me look like a superstar.

:) (Heehee)

Denise said...

oh the joys of public transportation!

H Love said...

yuck...maybe just needs a little love and guidance eh?

ajh said...

Ewwwwwww!

Amanda - RunToTheFinish said...

OMG!!! This morning at the airport this guy sat down next to me took out his ipod sans headphones and started BLASTING IT... oh I wanted to say something so bad

Cynthia O'H said...

My husband drives a bus in Toronto and sees all kinds of stuff like this. YUCK! His most disgusting tale was the guy who was picking his nose hairs with his tweezers one morning. Man, if that vehicle made one quick turn....

Her Name is Rio said...

Ewww.

Amy said...

Oh ICK! At least you ended up with a story. I have one from the subway where a man sat down right next to me in an empty car, took off his shoes and socks, picked out the lint from between his toes and then picked his toenails. Who ARE these people?

Alicia said...

Is it weird that after reading this I thought, "Hmmm, maybe I'm not putting enough time into my daily beauty routine..." haha! There are about a million things I'd rather be doing than my make-up. This low-maintenance girl just doesn't get all the fuss. (Sounds like this lady could do without all the bronzer and eyeshadow, anyhow.)