This afternoon, I caught a train to Ringwood East, to visit Dad. It's interesting to travel the old route once or twice a year, seeing how things change since you commuted that way twice a day to school, all those years ago. What's not so good was sharing a group of seats with two women and their young kids. In particular, when the child sitting (to use the word loosely) in the seat opposite you, and from whose sticky-looking person a slight fecal aroma is emanating, keeps fidgeting and consequently kicking you in the shins, and its mother is completely oblivious to the fact that her little angel could be inconveniencing other passengers, or possibly that that is anything but their problem.
Fortunately, they got off at Blackburn.
I have more or less the same problem, doing the same trip to the folks on the Lilydale line, once every couple of months.
And everytime I go past the old school route (i was ringwood east, croydon, mooroolbark) i notice these little things that have changed. like a new shop here, or them redoing the station again. little things changed, most things the same.
its a horrible trip tho, i couldnt do it without the discman or some other distraction.
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Aye; I had my MP3 player with me (don't leave home without it). The Clientele's Suburban Light was an excellent soundtrack to watching Greater Melbourne scroll past under the haze of the late-afternoon sky.
If you have a pair of headphones on your ears and seem absorbed in the music, a lot of the annoying people who hassle passengers (rowdy teenagers, the mentally ill, and so on) regard you as if you were a passed-out junkie with a needle sticking out of your arm and leave you be.