Thursday, October 06, 2005

Does absence makes the heart grow fonder?

It would appear that way. A couple of things of note have happened lately.

First, although I haven't posted in awhile, my website stats show that the visits to the site have actually increased in the last few days...go figure!

Second, I'm flattered that so many people have noticed my lack of posts. I appreciate the comments I've received. Although there are occasions when I wonder whether anyone actually reads my stuff, you do. And you know who you are. (Here's a shout out to you, Michael!)

So, to keep you guys satisfied, here's a bit of "Dave news."

Today, I started a short-term contract in Toronto, doing some corporate communications projects. While it means getting back into commuting, it's a good opportunity and I'm looking forward to it.

I met my new teammates today, and they're an impressive crew. They sent me home with a backpack bursting with reading material, as well as a fair number of projects to get my head around. Talk about hitting the ground running...ah well. Back in the saddle, so to speak.

So, in the days to come, I'll be looking for topics for the Daily Upload. And given what happened on the Go Train this morning, these whacky commuters I'll be joining every day will provide plenty of fodder.

I caught the 7:04 am train out of Hamilton this morning. (I'll probably be catching an earlier one next when I'm heading in every day.) And no sooner had I sat down than a woman plopped down in the seat across from me and looked straight at me. Obviously, she had something on her mind.

"That's not your seat," she said.

"Pardon?" I replied. I wasn't sure I'd heard her right.

"That's not your seat," she repeated. "There's going to be someone else coming here and that's their seat."

Then she just stared at me, as if she figured that her point couldn't be any clearer.

Well, I know that that the seats on the train aren't reserved. But there was no way I really wanted to sit across from her with her staring at me all the way into Toronto. So I just grabbed my bag and moved across the aisle. And sure enough, at the next stop, two people showed up and sat with her and they talked all the way into the city...and talked...and talked.

Interesting way to start the day, eh?

And there you have it...your Daily Upload. Talk to you soon.


Paul said...

Just to get on her nerves, I'd sit in the same "reserved" spot everyday and wait for her to sit down across from me ... then quietly move to another seat.

Melanie said...

Talk about obnoxious! The nerve!