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You see that? See what?
I am convinced that a naked person can walk on the T and no one would bat an eyelash.
Does wearing a devil's costume with a miniscule red thong count?
Seen on the Green line (D) this Halloween; for about 5 minutes, I was convinced the guy was actually naked till he turned around.
Yes, that is the WEIRDEST Boston phenomenon. Just about anything can happen and no one will acknowledge it happening. For instance, the T drivers who sing. When I've heard this on most of the lines during the commute, no one reacts or looks around to see what others' reactions are. I have been on a few trains where people were expressing amusement/annoyance/whatever, but these were all B-line trains on weekend evenings, which were full of student-types traveling in packs. Otherwise, anything can happen on the T and no one would acknowledge it.
Nothing wrong with this, I suppose, though I wonder if this also means people would not do anything if someone were to cause harm to another person who was out in public alone. I hope that isn't the case.
Haven't you ever heard the saying about Bostonians? We'll tell you your coat is on fire...but only if you ask.
Having said that, people do step in potentially threatening situations--I've seen them--although these are relatively rare on trains, trolleys, or buses for a city Boston's size
January 2, 2003 04:03 PM
As someone who grew up in Boston, left for 5 years, and is now returning for grad school... you can't pay close attention to every freak and weird thing on the T, mostly because by paying attention you identify yourself as someone outside of social convention anyway. But I think everyone does pay attention. It's just that for the most part, ignoring it is easiest. People see things when they have to, though. In the last two months of regular riding all around the city, only once have I seen an old or pregnant woman have to stand when nobody would leap and offer a seat, for example (I couldn't give up mine as I didn't have one). And in cases of emergency or need, people are willing to acknowledge what they see.
August 1, 2003 01:47 PM
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