I especially like the part where the Spaghetti Eater gets up to fight, but doesn't stop eating her spaghetti (I'd like to know where she got it, that it was so good she just couldn't wait till the fight was over for her victory meal. And while we're at it, I also wonder where they were going that there was a full three minutes and 52 seconds between stops). The article goes on to discuss etiquette on the subway . . . which is something I know all too well. My favorite part of the article is the description of the video:
"What kind of animals eat on the train like that?" says the woman across the aisle.
The diner snaps back with an epithet, and the exchange quickly degenerates into a fistfight.
"Chill out!" shouts a man as he tries to pull apart the two combatants.Apparently the kind of "animal" who eats on the train is in the same class as the kind who starts a fistfight on the train. And the poor "chill out" man. He was probably just trying to get home from work, maybe to a spaghetti dinner of his own, cooked by his long-suffering wife. I know just how he feels, having witnessed a full-on picnic on the bus not too long ago. But what I don't understand is how someone could even want to eat on the train or bus. I mean, think about it . . . it's hardly the dining room at Citronelle. Bumpy, jerky, smelly. It does not make for a dining experience (or at least a positive dining experience, anyway). Even on its best smelling days, transit still mostly smells like a barn. And I don't know about you, but I've been to a barn or two in my day (hard to believe, I know), and they also are not someplace where I want to enjoy home cookin'.
Maybe that's the real reason Metro doesn't allow eating and drinking on the train . . . they're trying to save us from ourselves. Because who wants to get deep into a meal, then get a whiff of feet, urine, or unidentified excrement of some sort and spontaneously become The Sick Passenger? Or worse, publicly berated and then socked in the head? And besides, as the article puts it, you get a free "dose of weird" with every fare -- because what else would entertain us during our daily commutes?
What's your take on the Subway Spaghetti video?