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Snarky is my elusive muse. It is grasping for the unobtainable that causes anguish, and in the anguish and negative space, creativity can flourish.However, I am afraid that Snarky has given me very little to chase after lately....maybe...if I'm really lucky, he will send me a picture of his poison ivy.



OCTOBER 6, 2010 1:51PM

Tokyo Train Station

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I am not clauterphobic but this is the stuff of nightmares. I can't imagine hating and fearing the touch,and smell of humanity and having to make this a part of my daily routine. Is there room for fears when there is no other option?
I have read that it is in our nature to acclimate to our circumstances...upward or downward mobility. Once we have acheived a level in either direction, we adjust. Keeping up with the Jones is just that...the Jones are your closest neighbors and role models. The poor get used to being poor. I know this. I've seen it. I've seen the converse in my own life as well. It is always a shock when I see my life reflected in the eyes of those who knew me in other contexts. Prisoners adjust to their prisons.  Does the soldier ever get used to death?

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Oh my God, are you kidding me? I experienced being jammed into train cars, but not to this extent. I can't even imagine what it is like to need to get off the train and be stuck in the middle of everyone. The sight of the man against the glass is disturbing.
Is there are no more trains coming or do they all cram people in like sardines? I think I would buy a motorbike!
The committee wonders whether the shift in your themes from New jersey to Tokyo is adviseable.
Scanner- I have thought the same thing...But I would be afraid of the motorbike....I would just have to work out of my tiny little home.

Razzle- I can't imagine it I can...and it ....

Blogreveiwer---I am diverting from my funnier non political side to be an armchair traveler...I am seeing into the future of NJ. Christie has not yet announced it but there is speculation that he will pull funding from the Arc tunnel project. (this had funding from the Fed and Port authority as well as NJ) He is putting a little money into highways. Train travel already sucks in NJ with the cuts that he has implemented...This is a clear loss for the future of train commuters in NJ, the future and the environment.
I think it was Arthur Koestler who said we can get used to anything... even hanging.

I've read that the cramming is so bad on these trains they've had to designate certain cars for women only, because there was so much "inadvertant" fondling going on in the mixed gender cars.
There are some thing I cannot and will not adjust to--because i know they are destroying me and others.
David...That happens on NYC subways.

Patrick- I would like to agree with you and yet...I am not sure that I would not get complacent with most anything in time...I think of so many things that sound horrific and yet so many people come to accept them...why would I be any different? Human nature has a way of justifying so many things....I suppose that for those who are not lured by false comfort ...their jobs is to shift the perception of others.
This is disgusting to the bone.
Being claustrophobic, I'd need major drugs to endure this.

As to the fondling...a NYC friend told me of the young lady who experienced such touching on a NYC subway. Turning to the man behind her she her best NY tone..."Do you MIND?" To which he replied with a grin " you? (Probably an old story.)
Experienced this during a long stay in Japan. Thankfully, the crime rate in Japan was (and probably still is) very low - and the social graces are extremely high.
Christine- I freaks me out

Irish- I understand the feeling that a claustrophobic would have. That's why I marvel at this tolerance.

Catherine- absolutely and personal Hygiene habits are very high in Japan as well. I have a heightened sense of smell and other people's smell can really rattle me.
I would surely be hyperventilating.
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Snarkychaser, all it takes is one person who forgot to use their deodorant in the morning to ruin this party! Thanks for posting the fascinating video!
RP you comments always raise my heart beat with thrill...You would make this trip fun...and Irish would not need would enrapture us so much we never could get claustrophobic

Designator- Thanks.
People allow themselves to be corralled like this. They could demand more trains, or more space ? Moo, Moo!

Our company has used this as an example of a consumer need being supplied without concern for the individuals...just "fulfilling" the need.
Buffy- you make an interesting point. I read (in a book called the sociopath next door ....and I yes...I remember a lot of strange facts) that this is a societal thing. In cultures like Japan, the needs of the society are placed above that of the individual...which is why we have fewer sociopaths.This author thinks that rise in number of the sociopaths is due to the emphasis on individual rights....Now I read this book years I would need to check out again to get details...

JD- Are you being ironic? I could really see this in a corporate training video....
Correction on the comment to Buffy...studies show ( if I remember book correctly) that Japan and China have fewer sociopaths than US...I made a typo.