Last week (Day 263 to be precise), I mentioned that, when walking through the subway station, I purposely slowed down so a disabled lady in front of me could get on the escalator safely.
Today, I went one step further and skipped the escalator entirely. I figured I was leaving more room for those who really need it (some days that is me).
My other good deeds today were equally minor, I’m afraid. I did make a point of greeting and thanking my bus driver, however. (He wears driving gloves, which I find fascinating, for some reason.)
On Day 263, I received a comment from Tricia, a fellow Toronto blogger, sharing a similar subway experience. I liked it so much, I’ll include it here:
“When I see an elderly person or someone with an injury or disability who might get knocked down in a crowd, such as the busy subway station that you were in earlier today, I also try to walk a little slower and stay near them. I figure that my presence might act as a buffer if someone were hurrying and might prevent the person from being banged into or knocked over.”
Thanks, Tricia. Good thinking!
And while we’re on the escalator theme, I happened to pick up a brochure at the subway today called “Escalator Safety Guide.”
Its cover tag line made me smile: “Move with the Grooves: Practice Safe-Riding.” Was this the Toronto Transit Commission’s attempt at some sly nudge, nudge, wink-wink double-entendre humour? Practice safe … riding?
And “Move with the Grooves”? How groovy, far out is that? I picture a conga line of commuters boogying up and down the escalator steps. But I digress….
The brochure was actually full of valuable safety tips, such as:
“Never sit or kneel on the steps or ride the handrail.” [Hmm, what an idea!]
“Watch out for loose shoe laces.” [I will now.]
Did you know?
It also featured some fascinating bits of trivia, such as:
- The first escalator was designed in 1892. [Wow.]
- The first escalators were made of wood. [Again, wow.]
- Toronto’s longest escalator is at York Mills Station (148 steps) and the shortest is at Yonge & Bloor (42 steps). [Did not know that.]
- Statistically escalators are safer than stairs. [I knew that…
By now you’ve probably spotted my actual good deed — curing your insomnia! ’Night all!
P.S. Speaking of nudge, nudge, say no more, here’s Monty Python’s classic sketch. Enjoy!