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One thing I don't understand about Melbourne is why everybody hates the trams. I would like to go on record as saying I have never been late because of a tram. I actually really enjoy catching them. Whenever I get the tram everybody seems so down. Why is it normal to be pissed off on public transport? No one ever smiles.
I find it's a bit of an adventure. Sure, sometimes its a bad adventure but its an adventure none the less. You never know who you might get to sit next to. It might be a lovable tramp, or a hot nurse, or a mum and her green nosed kid. I catch the number 19, so usually it's only students and worker bees heading into the hive.
There are two things I love to do on the tram. One thing I like to do is to turn my ipod off and listen to the things people talk about when they think you aren't listening. You would be surprised how many people will discuss their intimate lives with a stranger sitting next to them.
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The other thing is to turn my ipod up real loud and pretend everyone else can hear the music too. It often seems like people are tapping along or nodding their heads to the same tunes I am. This little exercise often ends in me wishing I could break out in a spontaneous dance routine like they do in musicals. Everyone on the tram would immediately know the moves and be in the mood to shake off their worries with a little dance off.
Catching the tram doesn't have to be miserable. I have a mission. Every time I catch the tram from now on I am going to try to make one other person smile. So if you see a girl dancing alone to her ipod on the 19 the least you can do is smile...