When I started doing this, it was a facebook photo that I would post occasionally for my friends with the caption, “I hope your bag is comfortable, asshole.” Eventually enough people said I should make it a blog. Not sure why I did. I probably thought, given all the stupid blog book deals flying around that I could score myself one as well - ignoring the fact that no one wants to look at 100-odd pages of bags on seats.
But I put it up anyway and it got attention. So much attention that instead of the 12 seconds I was spending on its upkeep every week, suddenly it was several hours.
I’m happy for the media coverage and whatnot. I’m glad we started talking about what civility in public spaces means. I’m happy I see fewer bags on seats when I ride the TTC. I think it’s cool that even though I was just grumpy about Toronto, DC, Boston, SF, and NYC, among others, showed me we’re not alone. I feel like in all those cities, a raised eyebrow and a raised iPhone might almost be enough to telekenis (if that’s a word) a bag off of a seat.
But over the last little while I’ve realized that I just don’t care. Or care enough to sift through submissions as grumpy (or as grumpy as I’m supposed to be) in mood as mine and decide what is and isn’t blog-worthy.
Maybe let’s just call these people the best people of all, at least transit-wise, and leave it at that.
They are heroes.
Go and do likewise.