8 Nov 2005, 15:27
I've always been an adept of listening to music that doesn't really match what I'm doing when I'm doing it, as a way to prove to myself that I can separate my state of mind from my current activity. It's proved to be important ever since I started working, and also notably in my increasingly long and frequent journeys in public transportation. The comforting whispers of Alfie
, or disquieting howls of Bloc Party
, help me go through half-hours and hours of smelling other people's hair from a very close distance. Antisocial? Guilty as charged.
I think I'll bring up a small semantics point: I like the idea of "public transportation" better than "transports en commun", which is the French term. I'm juxtaposed with everyone else, but I'm not sharing. That's also why I get annoyed at people on the metro: I keep to myself, but I try my hardest to have the smallest footprint on the system. People hugging the bars, sitting when they should be standing, blocking the exits or disregardig escalator etiquette annoy me. …