“Hey dude, no need to prop your shoeless feet up on the train seat” and other travel inconsiderations

by Susan Getgood on April 7, 2011

in Rants, Travel

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Seen last Thursday on the 9:07pm Metro North train to New Haven from Grand Central – middle-aged man in the seat across the aisle takes his shoes off and props his feet up on the seat opposite.

Really?

Yesterday on the flight back from Portland Oregon where I was panicking about babies with authors Alice Bradley and Eden Kennedy on their west coast book tour for Let’s Panic About Babies (sponsored by BlogHer) – my seatmate in Row 27 brags to her husband on the phone that she found a space for her carry-on bag in Row 12 and just grabbed it.

And on the flight out earlier in the week, the woman in the aisle seat wouldn’t get out of her seat when the window seat occupant needed to use the lav. I of course was stuck in the middle. Which means we had to crawl over her to get out of the seats. Each time, I retwisted the ankle I sprained a few weeks ago.

Really?

What happened to consideration for your fellow travelers?

  • Unless your leg is broken or some other equally painful foot condition, feet on the floor, people. If you have to prop it up, use your briefcase as a stool or cover the seat with your coat, and for goodness sake, leave your shoes ON!
  • Use the bin space near your seat or check your bag. Don’t steal someone else’s space.
  • And come on, just stand up so your fellow travelers can get out of their seats without tripping or getting entirely too close to you.

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Speaking of Portland, I ate in a terrific restaurant downtown near the Portland Marriott Waterfront – Veritable Quandary. I actually had two meals there while in Portland — dinner with a college friend of my husband and lunch the next day with Eden and Alice. Yes, it was good enough that I was willing to go back when they suggested it for lunch. Recommended: the Almond Pear Galette for dessert.

On a completely unrelated topic, leave a comment on my sponsored post about my dogs and trial feeding them a new food to enter a giveaway for a $100 VISA gift card. Giveaway ends at 5:00 p.m. (PST) May 4, 2011.

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