Riding “Naked”

Every now and then, I ride the bus “naked.” That is, I choose to not wear my headphones to shut out the conversations of my fellow commuters. On my way home tonight, I decided to keep my headphones in my bag and listen to others for a change.

I heard a mother tell her kids they weren’t going to McDonald’s. A group of teens boarded and talked about their plans for the weekend between trying to figure out where to get off the bus to make a transfer. The chatter wasn’t obnoxious or too loud, so nothing worth sending on to Overheard in PDX.

It was nice for a change, but I’ll be back to my normal habits come Monday morning.

6 Comments so far

  1. McAngryPants (unregistered) on January 18th, 2008 @ 7:34 pm

    back in the day. way back. back into time. when I lived in Toronto. I used to ride the subway with headphones AND sunglasses. Even at night. Nothing says, “please don’t fucking even think about talking to me” like headphones and sunglasses.


  2. Red Wood (unregistered) on January 18th, 2008 @ 7:50 pm

    I personally love to listen to the conversations of trimet; in fact, depending on what time of day, you can meat some pretty sweet people on trimet. If you shut everything out everyday you run the risk of meeting somebody who needs some help in life, or maybe overhearing a discussion about a really good movie that you never knew existed. Universe throws all sorts of stuff at you, why block it over with music everyday?


  3. Red Wood (unregistered) on January 18th, 2008 @ 7:51 pm

    I personally love to listen to the conversations of trimet; in fact, depending on what time of day, you can meat some pretty sweet people on trimet. If you shut everything out everyday you run the risk of meeting somebody who needs some help in life, or maybe overhearing a discussion about a really good movie that you never knew existed. Universe throws all sorts of stuff at you, why block it out with music everyday?


  4. senor taco (unregistered) on January 18th, 2008 @ 9:18 pm

    Heh… you said “meat.”


  5. Dodge Ram (unregistered) on January 18th, 2008 @ 11:48 pm

    Hay McAngryPants
    Nothing says, don’t even think about talking to me like a automatic in a shoulder holster in the open. :-)


  6. melissa lion (unregistered) on January 19th, 2008 @ 10:15 am

    I find knitting on the public transportation makes me invisible and I can still eavesdrop.



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