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10 September 2007

"Shut up!"

In My Mouth, Toronto, ON, 15-Sep-07

"Just shut up,
shut up!"

Things I saw on the ride home this evening:

A woman using the bus as one would a personal office.

She wasn't particularly well-dressed or arrogant beyond her actions, and certainly didn't have an air of entitlement about her until she whipped out her cell phone. Really, sitting there in one of the long rows near the front of the vehicle, she just seemed like an older woman who didn't quite get technology, but was determined to give it a go.

Then again, maybe she just didn't care. With her phone set to handsfree, she proceeded to check her voicemail, carefully copying the important details onto a sheet of paper in her lap. I, like most other passengers on the bus, simply cast furtive yet wide-eyed glances in her direction. Huh? Wha? Doesn't she want privacy? Is she mentally ill?

It wasn't that she needed both hands -- one to write and one to steady the paper, for example -- with the phone resting on her leg or strapped to her arm or what have you. No, she held the speaker-phone in her right hand while scribbling with her left. Anyway, in a situation where one is on the phone and is using both hands for other activities, one usually clamps the phone between one's shoulder and ear. Bad for the neck, what with the bent head and all, but infinitely more courteous in public spaces.

Perhaps she comes from a culture where forcefully drawing everyone around you into your little world by virtue of loudness is totally cool. In other words, I suppose, she's just like the rest of us gabbing away at full volume, sharing our non-urgent cell phone conversations with any stranger within range. People! We created this beast.

"Does this HAVE to be done NOW?" the bus driver yells, to anyone who will listen. The woman is not one of them.

"Get an earpiece!" he offers, strongly, then shakes his head and keeps driving.


TRACK LISTING: Black Eyed Peas, "Shut Up"

5 comments:

/a said...

Can this really be the end of Miss Imperial?! Say it ain't so!

Miss Imperial said...

It's so. I just kept falling behind and felt like if I couldn't post one a day, I didn't want to post at all. (I know -- I am a total baby.)

I'll probably start another blog when I have something to say, but in the meantime I am happy to keep my blog up for its links to my friends' blogs! (That's how I keep up with you guys myself.)

SBP said...

I just read that super fine print on top of your last post. Sigh. We'll miss you on blogspot!

Miss Imperial said...

Thanks, SBP! I'll still be using my links section to check in on you every day, so keep it up!

Dee said...

oh...guilty as charged, however, I don't speak too loud on my mobile. And I use my leather tote bag as a "lap desk" when I update my Filofax. And I thought I was a courteous and polite commuter.