I have discovered the secret. The glorious secret to having an empty seat next to me on the bus. And it doesn't involve taking the seat up with a purse and refusing to move it.
I've tried everything in the past:
1. The fake flu (cough every-time someone comes near your seat, hope they go away.)
2. The you-should-avoid-me-as-I'm-slightly-unbalanced act (muttering along with your music while starring straight ahead without blinking.)
3. The "I'm-getting-off-soon" pose (clutch your bags and stare intently out the window like you're stop is coming up.)
And nothing ever worked. Until this morning.
It was freaking freezing outside so I wore my new winter hat. Usually I take off the winter gear when I get on the bus, but today I thought "Meh, I'm cold and tired. I'm leaving it on."
I began to notice something during my long commute: no one sat next to me. The bus was probably 90% full but the seat next to me was still empty. I began analyzing what was different and the only thing I can figure is the hat:
|Awesome hat = more room for me!|
I have found it. The holy hat-grail of comfortable bus transportation.
It probably helps that I ride the bus with college students who would rather catch hypothermia than risk the horror of hat-head, and business people who wear "professional" winter jackets and fancy scarves.
Thinking about it, They probably find my whole winter ensemble intimidating, but the hat definitely seals the deal.
|I'm ready for the freaking snow-pocalypse.|