This morning as I ride my regular train on my way to class I noticed a particular occurrence which happens quite frequently. Now I’m a strong advocate of taking a shower before I leave home in the morning. It might seem ridiculous to some people but that’s how I was raised. However, I’ve noticed that many people are A) Not fond of morning showers and B) Completely oblivious to their own body odour and how it affects other people.
Now getting back to this morning’s story. So I’m on the train waiting for it to leave the station. This south Asian woman (Chanti) is sitting in her seat taking a nap like we all do when it’s too early in the morning. This Caucasian man (Mr. Bru) comes and sits next to her. Nearby, a Caucasian woman (Cynthia) sits down and there is an empty seat next to her. The train is slowly filling up at this point. The doors close and it begins to leave the station. Mr. Bru, while sitting in his seat, turns outward and away from Chanti. He looks around and takes a hold of his bag. But doesn’t get up. For a minute it seems as though he is going to stay. However, he gets up and moves a few inches over to the empty seat beside Cynthia. This isn’t my first train ride and also not the first time I’ve seen someone switch seats. However, when most people do they usually opt for an empty space so they don’t have to sit next to anyone else. Since this is not the case I have a few theories as to why Mr. Bru switched seats this morning.
Ooooooooo she said the R word!! Yes, I did. You were all thinking it or maybe not who knows. So why would this Caucasian man move from his nice seat next to Chanti and sit next to Cynthia? Well, maybe he thought he would feel better being near to his own kind.
Her B.O. was off the charts
As I mentioned before y’all, people on the subway sometimes smell really badly and Mr. Bru might just have a really sensitive nose. But you might be thinking, if the smell was really the issue why did he only move a few inches away?
He’s interested in Cynthia
Mr. Bru could be Cynthia’s secret stalker who she never notices because her head is buried in her tablet. However, Cynthia hardly paid him any mind as he plopped right down next to her. If this is the case, poor Mr. Bru or poor Cynthia.
He prefers the outward facing seats.
Yes, I know this theory is a stretch but not really. If you think about it, some guys have really long legs and Mr. Bru’s previous seat did not provide a lot of leg room. Someone as short as me wouldn’t mind a seat like that because my legs are short. But I can only speak for myself. Now I would have agreed with this theory if not for the fact that the train is so crowded at this point that there is no way Mr. Bru would he able to stretch his legs while sitting in his outward facing seats. Yes we’re packed in here like sardines in a can.
We will never know why Mr. Bru switched seats this morning. However, I favour the bad B.O. theory. More times than not, that’s usually the problem. Quite ironically, as I’m writing this Mr. Bru, Chanti and I are getting off at the same subway station. However, this is where we all part ways.