Oct 10, 2010
The self-acclaimed queen of the ferry ...
/Rant mode ON.
In the past I hop on to a ferry twice daily, now I go to Villingili once a week and Hulhumlalé about once a month or so. As everyone else, I get bored on the ferry, I observe, and I start noticing things. Pretty soon, patterns emerge and you develop the ability to predict certain things.
For example, if you climb on to a ferry that is almost full, and try hunting for a good seat, you will no doubt see a girl sitting alone in an aisle seat blocking the whole row of seats between her and the window seat. Naturally, you would want a good seat, but if you walk towards her thinking you will take the window seat, things are not going to go favorably.
This girl will either be seated legs crossed, back straight, arms folded across her chest, wearing shades covering most of her face, or she will be sitting with her handbag on her lap, white headphones wires going up from inside her bag in to her ears, and thumb typing the life out of her cell phone while appearing engrossed and distracted.
You approach her to ask if she could let you pass so you can get to the seat. This is going to be tougher than you think. You might have to say "excuse me" at least thrice with increasing loudness before she will grace you with the slightest acknowledgment. She might slide up the seat the necessary two inches without looking at you but she would definitely make sure you know she is annoyed. If she does look at you, she will give you the "why the hell do you want to sit here, can't you find another darn seat" look.
You pass her and take your seat, wondering what you could have possibly done that warranted such a stern response. You wait for the ferry to reach your destination thinking it is over. It is not.
When the ferry slows down, everyone stands up to disembark, you do the same, until you notice that the girl has not stood up and is not going anywhere soon. She just stays put on her seat. You think, she is being a lady and waiting for everyone to get off the ferry so she can climb down in peace without being squished in the outgoing human traffic through the narrow doorway. Understandable, but what do you do now? You have no alternative route out, do you want to repeat the process again and ask her to move and let you pass letting her think that you are doing it deliberately for a chance of physical contact, or do you wait it out and start walking when the girl is halfway down the aisle letting her think you are stalking her? You choose the latter, as you have already unpleasantly experienced the former.
You climb down the ferry and walk out the terminal confused about what just happened, and thinking if you could have done anything differently. You let this one slide, and next time see a girl sitting in an isle seat on the ferry, you avoid her, keep walking, and take a seat at the very back, right on top of the engine room to suffer the noise and the annoying vibrations your whole ride. When you walk past her, the corners of her mouth curl up just slightly, an (evil) sardonic smirk. She has taught you a lesson, you will leave her alone in peace now.
If that girl is reading this blog (not many people do, but a guy can hope) I have something to say to you. You need to learn some public transport etiquettes. Hell, you need to learn some manners! Let me give you some advice, it is free. Take it.
Do not take an aisle seat when people are coming on to the ferry. It is rude. If you want to be left alone, take a scenic window seat.
You are not fooling anyone faking to be preoccupied and abstracted while tapping on your phone, we know you are not typing out your dissertation on it, you are probably texting someone to come get you from the terminal, so drop the act.
Got an iPod? Great! By all means, enjoy your music, rock it if you have to, but do not be completely oblivious to your immediate surroundings and people around you. Repetitive requests in the hope of catching you in the gap between songs has a tendency to create a scene with some mild profanity. Trust me, you do not want that.
Yes, we know, your personal space should not be violated, but you are on a boat with limited space. Be just a tad more flexible about your space. Be a bit considerate.
Girl, you seem decent enough, but if you think you are extra special, you are wrong. You are just a passenger on public transport, just like everybody else on the ferry boat. Show some common courtesy and we will afford you the respect you deserve. Simple as that.
I hate being judgmental, but this is a rant, I can be horribly judgmental when necessary.
/Rant mode OFF.