Keeping Sane on Trains
What’s your secret to keeping cool on packed trains?
For me it’s two gadgets: my keitai, and iPod. And sometimes, if I get a descent spot, a book. The keyword here is ‘spot’.
The iPod is the goto thingy to shut out any outside noise. I don’t want to hear the drunk guy next to me complaining about his job for thirty minutes.
The next thing I need is something to read so I don’t have to look at the ads or try to avoid eye contact (or make eye contact and nod, hi, hi, how ya doin and then avoid eye contact). If I’ve got email on my cell that’ll be my priority. No mail, I’ll goto a recent personal discovery, reading RSS feeds on my iPod. A side note here for bloggers: please have a feed that includes your full post. It’s irritating to load up your feed to find out after the first x-number of words it ends with ‘…’.
If I’ve read through that or can’t find anything that interests me, I’ll use my keitai to load up Mogi to grab items at each station, browse through saved photos, or use an online RSS reader.
For me, the journey to/from work one-way is around 45 min door-to-door. So the above routine is fine. What do the folks w/ longer routes do?