Off to Murrumbeena last night to take Little Jo to the park for some play. We still watch her closely on the equipment but she is much more steady now.
So it was the usual for me, tram to the city and then train to Murrumbeena to meet R at Sister's place.
I was on Princes Bridge near the door and ready to alight when a fellow passenger asked me how to stop the tram. Just press this button and showed her. The tram will stop at the next stop. Ah, she said. I have missed three stops now. I wanted to go to The Gallery. Yeah, right, she had missed one stop only. Usual exaggeration. The tram had a fullish load, without being crowded. She then said, why can't the driver see me standing near the door? Doesn't he watch what is happening in the tram? I replied, there are other people near the doors. How would he know that you wanted to get off? Besides, I feel happier that he is watching where he is going, rather than looking around inside the tram. I would have to guess that she was a first time tram user and not a terribly bright one at that. Funny, the world over you have to press a button or pull a cord to indicate to the driver of a bus or tram that you want to get off at the next stop. Only in Melbourne.
Onto the train, an earlier one than I normally catch, hoping it wouldn't be so crowded. It was still crowded by at least there was space to move to the exit door. Along the way a young couple boarded the train. He carried a computer tower, which he plonked in the doorway. They both sat on the floor opposite the door they had boarded and proceeded to take afternoon tea. That is a snack and a drink. At the next station the opposite doors they sat in opened for people to get in and out. Did they move? No. Picnicked on as people stepped around and over them. The train was getting busier and they were getting crowded in.
By Caulfield I was planning to 'accidentally' kick one of them as I was leaving the train but the situation was saved by someone getting in with a bicycle and they were compelled to stand to make room. I just do not understand why people so rebel against society.