The blogger behind the deliciously feisty Musings of an Irate Commuter has posted an open letter that gives us faith in a communing of spirits that have long held very different beliefs. (See “Hipsters Repaint Bike Lanes in Brush Off to Hasids,” and “Clash of the Bearded Ones.”)
As it turns out, maybe we all can just get along.
Since all too often we’re talking about someone doing something shitty, we’d also like to take this moment to give acclaim for 1. Someone doing something nice, and 2. Recipient of “something nice” doing something nice in return by thanking the nice-doer. Kudos all ’round.
Dear Hasidic Man on my morning B62,
I see you most mornings on my normal bus. You board before me — I am guessing somewhere in Williamsburg — and you always have a seat. On mornings you were lucky enough to score a single seat (as shown here, you just happened to be sitting behind a man I had to photograph because of his amazingly awesome “Atheist” jacket):
I wonder how the Hasidic Jew felt about this
And when I see you in one of those single seats, I stand somewhere in your vicinity — even if other seats are available. I do this for two reasons:
1. The single seats are my favorite (and probably everyone’s preferred seat).
2. I know you get off two stops after I board. So I don’t mind standing and waiting that short time if the payoff is landing that coveted single seat.
This has been going on for quite a while — a year, maybe more. In that time, you’ve noticed my pattern of behavior, and just recently you started doing something very generous — you’ve been standing up early, before your stop, riding your last two stops by the rear doors, just to allow me to take your seat that much sooner.
This is unbelievably kind and restores my faith in the human race. Though I am sure to thank you every morning this occurs (you look right at me, but you neither acknowledge me with words, nor with a nod or a smile), I wanted to thank you here too. And say that I appreciate it — you’re a considerate man.
I’ll be looking for you in the morning. I hope to see you in a single seat!
Awww, all warm and fuzzy, right?