Friday, February 13, 2009

Hat Trick of Horror?

Okay, not really. But I was on the Metro today, musing about how I lead such a boring, uneventful life . . . how Friday the 13th means nothing to me . . . and then the following three things happened.

1. There is always a potential for a scrum of people at the bottom of any Metro escalator. I don't understand the algorithms that go into determining when we get to have both escalators working. But usually we just get one in each direction. So we scrum, rugby style, pushing forward into one another's personal space.

Infringement of personal space is not uncommon, and I have grown immune to these intrusions. Yet, today, at the transfer between Sretenskiy Bulvar and Chistye Prudy Metro stops, I felt unusually assaulted from behind.

I was bumpedbumpedbumped by what I initially assumed was a woman. It happens. There is a demographic consisting of older women, those who grew up under communism, who have morphed into Old Bats. They are aggressive and nasty. They drop Metro doors on your face without for a minute considering that someone else may be right behind them. They shove you aside in order to exit a car when you are also, obviously, planning to exit.

This is what I assumed was behind me. So I paid it no never mind at first.

Until, on the escalator, I realized it was still RIGHT BEHIND ME. The escalator is everyone's chance to spread out a little. I can leave a step between me and my fellow passenger.

Whatever was behind me did not.

The geometry of the escalator steps resulted in a nose RIGHT IN MY LEFT EAR.

I assumed my best Big City Vision . . . that ability to don virtual blinders and ignore whatever social transgression is occurring beside me.

I was succeeding, too.

Until it made a loud KISS noise in my ear.

That's it, ladies and gentlemen: EVERYBODY OUT OF THE POOL!

I decided to climb the stairs, rather than riding along, laughing about the creep behind me.

Ugh. Although I had a shower before leaving the house, I now desperately need another.

2. I change trains. Exiting at Lubyanka involves two, short escalators. As I step off the first, I hear a BELLOW!

Hmm. This should be interesting. Clearly, there is a very angry, very drunk man ahead.

I go around the corner and step onto the second escalator.

The bellowing continues. This is going to be good, whatever it is.

As I ascend, I scan the faces of the people descending into the Metro. They all have that incredulous, Jesus-Christ-On-A-Popsicle-Stick look in their eyes.

Disappointingly, I never get to see the Angry Man. But I can hear him, always slightly ahead of me, as I ride up the escalator, pass through the doors, and emerge in the underpass mall.

This is one mad dude. His voice echos through the passage. But I never get to see who he is, nor speculate about what has caused him to vent his frustration so loudly.

Maybe he got a wet, juicy, uninvited kiss in his ear, too?

3. The finale is a bit of a let down after items 1 and 2. As I walk up the steps that lead me to the street, I hear a crash and turn in time to see a woman fall, face first, down the steps, landing on her knees.

Actually, what I see are the soles of her black, high-heeled boots. She has tripped.

What I feel, karma be damned, is schadenfreude.

Okay, I am not really that cruel. Call it relief then. Relief that even the Russians get thrown for a loop by high-heeled boots in the winter.

11 comments:

TRex said...

Ahhh, the Moscow Metro...it never ceases to amaze.

I'm jealous that you actually witnessed emotion in the eyes of your fellow travellers though.

No, really! Jealous!

Tina in CT said...

Yuk to the kiss in the ear!

Those women are idiots to wear those skinny, high heeled boots in such winter weather.

valentina said...

Metro creepiness, happens also in Italian busses. yeach.

As for Crooky's bottom. You have signed on for a lifetime of trimming bottom fur to help her to stay clean. Keep pet wipes around too. Folie did a pretty good job as long as I kept his fur clipped. The same with Orlando who is not longhaired but chubby. But long haired cats need to be kept trimmed. it is the nuisance of having a gorgeous cat. She also will need to be brushed every day or she'll turn into Rasta Kitty... But she should learn to enjoy grooming. Some cats love it and some never do... Orlando begs for it whenever someone sits in the "guest" chair at the kitchen table. And who ways you can't train a cat!!! The brushing is a good girl task. Crooky seems like a lap cat so she might enjoy that. Frequent bottom checks and trims are absolutely in order forever. This is not something she is likely to out grow or from lack or maternal training. She just has too much fur...xov

The Expatresse said...

TRex: emotion and eye contact. It was a banner day.

Jen said...

Ugh! I could hear that kiss.
Disturbing.

jkatze said...

There used to be another option about "when are you going to have your book published" or something... Where did it go? I'd nominate this post! :-)

The Expatresse said...

Oh, I fiddled with the layout and it didn't fit.

jkatze said...

Thought you might like it (as someone who is left so not indifferent by the metro:))
http://community.livejournal.com/metro_life/214198.html
(Nevermind Russian)

jkatze said...

Does the link show correctly?
http://community.livejournal.com/metro_life/214198.html

The Expatresse said...

I was able to see it . . . but it also gets emailed to me. Cute puppy with blue eyes.

I was even able to read some of the Russian ("Last night at Mendeleevskaya . . ."

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