November 1, 2008
Meeting strangers on trains - they provide disposable entertainment: offer insights and advice, or simply tell good stories. Even the most bizarre fellow passenger can prove a useful character study. Listen for the nervous laughter punctuating the inane chat, and wait for your own in response - Itís automatic and polite: nobody likes silence. Note the foot-tapping, throat clearing, finger drumming asides. Repeatedly pushing the glasses further up the nose and wild gesticulations. Watch your neighbours, eagle-eyed, smirking as they see you trapped in duels with lonely ego-maniacs. Your head bobbing in time to the track, feigning agreement and interest.