The Average Girl's "How To" Guide

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Tag: Public Transit

How To: Make Friends On The Streetcar

by Shannon

It’s been a pretty rocking week, so this post is all about finding the silver linings. Specifically, silver linings about people who stink.

Now, I’m super sensitive to stinky people. Not even necessarily bad stinky, but just people who wear a lot of hairspray, or smoke, or whatever. My sense of smell makes up for my lack of fashion sense I guess. Hey-o!

Anyway, I was on the streetcar on my way home, and it was raining, which is problem number one. Everyone smells less good in the rain, on a streetcar.

But worse than that, there was this seriously stinky dude on the streetcar. Not BO, not old-smell, but more like haven’t showered in honestly six years and maybe they’re wearing the same clothes this entire time. Now, this post isn’t about that person’s circumstances, or mental state, or anything like that – I’m not going to get judgy. This is purely about smell.

We all could have been miserable on our way home, but one after another, people just started interacting with each other! And in a good way, which never happens on the TTC!

We were smiling about the situation, opening windows, laughing a bit. Not at the dude, but just about the situation in general.

And you know what? It was nice. It was nice to bond with people over something, and nice that it wasn’t a stalled out streetcar and we were bonding over being pissed off. We were just all in a shitty situation, and making the best of it.

So Toronto, I raise a beer to you. I’m impressed that we were able to pull off being friends, even just for one streetcar home. Way to go, people who stink – you helped make everyone friends!

How To: Almost Cry On The Streetcar

by Shannon

You’re all comfy cozy on the TTC, and just opening your Kobo when you see that you forgot to renew your Game of Thrones book from the library. Now you have nothing to read, and you have to wait until you get home and check-it out again to find out what happened to Jon Snow.

A smart girl always renews her books

How To: Come ThisClose To Puking On The Streetcar

by Shannon

Sit next to the woman eating sour cream and onion chips at 7:45 in the morning.

How To: Get To Second Base

by Shannon

Ride the subway in morning rush hour. Don’t forget to tell all your friends, or it didn’t really happen.

How To: Be An Hour Late For Work

by Shannon

Oh, I don’t know, have a ton of beer the night before and then travel by public transit.

How To: Get A Seat On The Subway

by Shannon

Eat a lot of sushi at lunch, then go for a ride. People will assume your bulging stomach means you’re pregnant, and give up their seat for you.

Hold your stomach and look half nauseous, half glowing for more immediate action.

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