Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Commuting Chronicles

Rolling briefcases.

 I hate them. Like really, really hate them. If you do a google search on 'I hate rolling briefcases' you'll find lots of other people who do too! And no surprise the first two blogs I looked at were people who travel via the DC metro.

Sure, I understand why people use them and I can empathise. But they are really freakin' annoying. More important, they're dangerous! When you're walking through a crowd of people you can't see the bag dragging along the floor, so you'll see people tripping over them all the time. I've learned to walk through the metro station staring at the ground in case one of these pops up unexpectedly in my path. Also, the doors of the metro are only open for a short period of time. DC metro-ers are very good about queueing up along the outside of the doors, allowing people to exit the car before boarding (they even beat the Brits at this one). One day I watched a woman struggle with her rolly bag (it flipped over) right in the doorway, so we were all stuck there waiting and hoping she sorted it out before the doors closed. I was walking behind a woman on the train platform and noticed that the wheels on her bag lit up as she rolled. What the hell is the point of that? If you can actually see the wheels, you're not going to be close enough that you would need to heed their warning. They need to wear stupid hats or one of those flags people used to put on their bikes in the 1970s.

All I'm asking is for a little warning....


  1. Steel-toed boots. And just kick away.

  2. LOL. Confession: I just bought one. I had to. It was that or die of pain from the aggravated tendonitis I'd get schlepping around an 11 pound art history book, assorted inch high stacks of quizzes to grade, and various handouts. In my defense, I don't think I'd ever take one on the metro though. ;)

  3. Just don't take it on the metro! Today, saw a girl walking in the opposite direction of me give an exasperated look because her rolling briefcase was running into people and bouncing all over the place. The crowd was chocker blocked, what did she expect!

  4. Light up wheels? Like those light up kids shoes? Hilarious!