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I've got my headphones on this morning, listening to something or other. Florence + the Machine, I think. I hear someone talking (because I keep my music low enough that I can still hear people) and look up; an older guy is talking to me. Well, AT me more than TO me; he's making a complaint in general about how everyone at this train station has headphones on. I pull my headphones off my head to rest around my neck.

"Everyone has their headphones on these days," he's lamenting. "And you know, I don't think it's really so they can listen to the music, I think it's more about isolating themselves from everyone else."

"You might be right," I allow.

"You know, isolating yourself like that is a sign of alcohol and drug addiction."

"That's..interesting," I tell him. "Although I don't think that's why everyone does it."

"It's a shame, really. I like people. And these days everyone's shut inside their headphones."

"Well, I took mine off for you," I tell him.

"You did," he allows, smiling. "Thank you. I miss talking to people. Have a great day."

His train pulls up, he gets on, and I put my headphones back on.

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djinrain
Jun. 6th, 2013 08:03 pm (UTC)
it absolutely IS about isolating oneself from the conversation of strangers. So is reading. And I wish like hell that people would respect that OBVIOUS sign you DON'T WANT to TALK.
urbeatle
Jun. 6th, 2013 10:26 pm (UTC)
Seconded. Oh, holy fuck, SECONDED.
urbeatle
Jun. 6th, 2013 10:28 pm (UTC)
I read a great rant by Penn Jilette about what he said to some woman on an elevator who made a condescending comment about another passenger wearing headphones. Can't seem to find it online, though.
heartspunmom
Jun. 9th, 2013 05:52 pm (UTC)
I love you.
tragerstreit
Jun. 11th, 2013 10:42 pm (UTC)
It's entirely mutual, darling. <3
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