I am also one of the million people commuting to work every day using public transport. And I am always amazed what conversations I can listen and what people do share so openly in the public. Sometimes I have eye-contact with fellow traveller and we have to smile about the situation. Interestingly those people seem to not realize that sometimes nearly the entire carriage is listening their conversation and vary between curiosity and embarressment. And it´s really great if reception will become bad as the people start then to speak even louder maybe to scream over the distance?
One morning this summer I decided to start my “Tube diary” and share the best conversation I overheard. I will always keep adding them on the top so you can easily follow the updates of my diary.
Thursday, 13th September
“Hello Kate! How are you? …..
I am fine! ….
hmmmm …….. hmmmmm ….. hmmmm
Oh yes, exactly!
hmmmmmm ……………hmmmm …………………………….hmmmm
ah ok …… hmmmmmmmm ….. yah ….
ok good! See you then!”
Monday, 10th September
Today it was not really productive. I had a senior couple sitting in front of me with lot´s of luggages. They obviously returned from their holidays and got at the airport on the tube. Right after the tube took of from the station he made his wife dive deep into the luggages to get the mobile phone out. An oversized version of mobile phones for seniors. He took the glasses on and started to enter the number. I heard someone picking up the phone as he heldt the phone in quite some distance to his ear. With a very strong voice he announced that the are now on the tube towards their home city and that they would be there in 30 minutes. He also made out that they are very late as it took sooo long to get from the airplan to the baggage reclaim and that this took ages. So they missed the first tube and are now running very late.
If you think that would have been enough? No! That was not the case. He continued calling other people leaving messages on voicemails like he would send text messages telling people that they are back from holiday. I heard that they wanted to go to the dance class later this evening and that they need to get dinner before.
His wife was very quiet! She only made out at some point that she would find it great if they could get home first before making further plans. Unfortunately I had to get off the tube and couldnt listen till the end of the story …..