Worlds Collide on BART
Photo by rosebennet
We’ve all been on BART at Civic Center when the train is suddenly overcome with hordes of pushing, squiggling symphony-, ballet-, and opera-goers. Hell, many of us have been the ones dressed to the nines, squeezing our way into crowded BART cars.
Alan over at SF Weekly was on such a BART ride recently, and retells the following story of mounting tension:
Ranters: Retiree clutching a theater program and wearing a denim dress; her gentleman companion; a guy sitting nearby reading Mother Jones.
Location: BART train leaving Civic Center Station
[Denim-Dress Woman and her gentleman companion press into a train that’s busier than you would expect at this hour. They look for a place to sit but find nothing.]
Denim-Dress Woman: Not even one person offers a seat. That’s the modern world, I guess.
Gentleman Companion: What about that one?
[He points to the rear of the train, where a young man is sprawled out across two seats.]
Denim-Dress Woman: [Whispering] Isn’t it awful?
Gentleman Companion: [Also whispering] If he’s okay, it’s awful.
Denim-Dress Woman: He is okay, right?
Gentleman Companion: If he is, he should scoot over.
Denim-Dress Woman: He’s fine. Some of them just do that, that’s all. It shows the world they’re important. [The doors open. More people pack in.] Someone really should offer a seat, though.
Yeah, us too. Click over to SF Weekly to read the conclusion to this gripping story.