when what to my wondering eyes

Tuesday was long. Long and hard. Mine eyes were exhausted by the time I left (I might need new glasses) and I was so relieved to get up and leave my computer screen at the end of the day. I plugged into my iPod and walked to the train.
Down on the sidewalk there were trucks unloading things and a forklift crossing on and off my path, and a perturbed looking lady in a trench coat having a wee stand-off with a tiny dachshund who wanted to sit in the middle of the sidewalk which cause several of the passersby to comment on her predicament. When I got to the stairs an old man was moving slowly, purposefully, down the steps. He had a cane and I slowed my pace to see if I could be of any assistance. But he did fine and made it on to the train at the same time I did.
And there, on the train, I became completely delighted with the people surrounding me....
At one end of the car I spied a girl in a purple hoodie with fabulous purple and white sneakers. She was adorable.
I took some time to look more closely at the old man from the stairs. I realized that he was wearing a terrific brown suede hat and a trench coat and a very nice suit but what pleased me most was that he sat down, in sort of a fragile way, and took out his BLACKBERRY. I know I shouldn't make assumptions about elderly men who are gently making their way down subway steps, but I can't help it! I never expected him to have a Blackberry.
I was quickly distracted from the groovy older guy though - as, just in front of me, sitting across from each other was a fabulous couple. It was clear that they were going out for the evening as she was done up. She was tall and blond and was wearing a red print party dress under her trench and was clutching a deep red satin evening bag. The best part of her outfit was her shoes. The same deep deep red in patent leather - with high heels and peep toes. Shinyshinyshiny. Lovely.
Her partner matched her - outdid her, even. He wore a dark suit and the more I looked (and smiled) the better it got. A striped shirt in white with coral and deep red, with just a hint of shine. A pocket square in coral and red. A deep red tie with cricket bats on it - tiny (I had to look hard!) Beautiful shoes - custom looking shoes and then the kicker: deep red socks.

I'm sure I was grinning like an idiot when I got off the train.

Comments

You do the best people watching.
I wonder where the couple in red were going?
Anonymous said…
I too love your train rides and reviews. It's like I'm there!
Except, I'm NOT. :(
Paola
MsCellania said…
Well, your train rides certainly make a bitch of a day easier to take.
Thanks for sharing your stories.
Those surprises--punches of color, unexpected hipness--I love 'em too.
Anonymous said…
Awesome about the Blackberry. What a cool surprise.

jbhat
be*mused jan said…
Just like a Maira Kalman illustration...
ingrid said…
oh how wonderful. keep watching... i love seeing what you see...
Do you think that tall, blonde lady went to the shops to select a tie and socks that matched her dress for her partner to wear?
Mary said…
I love reading your slices of train travelling..
Karen Dietrich said…
I would have been grinning, too, as I invented a intriguing back story for the shiny couple. And the sweet old man with the Blackberry? Priceless.
alice c said…
My mind is racing...I always thought Father Christmas was an old man...and as for a Mother Christmas with peep toes!!...pass the smelling salts...

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