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03 November 2009 @ 09:59 am
Things Heard on the Bus...  
A massive stand-up fight this morning, at top volume, between students at my Academic Institution (I thought). Turned out they were girls from the local (bad rep) comprehensive next door - I wish people wouldn't live up to stereotypes... *sigh*

And on a slightly different note, walking home last night down a reasonably dark and empty street, I heard the distinct heavy breathing of a chap jogging. So stood to one side, partly to allow him to jog past easily, and partly so I could see him clearly in case of any potential funny business. Perfectly normal for a lone female, yes? I'm not sure I appreciate a (large) chap shouting 'BOO!' at me on the the way past...
 
 
 
prochytesprochytes on November 3rd, 2009 10:40 am (UTC)
I'm not sure I appreciate a (large) chap shouting 'BOO!' at me on the the way past...

Tosser. Much sympathy. For myself, I go to an awful amount of trouble *not* to unnerve lone women on streets, which can sometimes be tricky. Not because of my size (since I am small and skinny) but because I walk so fast that it is easy for people (temporarily) in front to think that I am making a deliberate effort to catch up with them on malice bent.


Valderys: Captain John - did I mention I'm armed?valderys on November 4th, 2009 08:55 am (UTC)
I know! I actually sort of chuckled in a half-hearted manner as he obviously expected, because to shout might have brought the unwelcome sort of attention I was avoiding in the first place. I'd prefer someone to be on malice bent though - that sounds much more fun!
fairyd123fairyd123 on November 3rd, 2009 10:45 am (UTC)
That guy would have been met with a stream of invective if he'd done that to me. What a complete and total twat!
Valderys: Ianto & Gwen - soldiersvalderys on November 4th, 2009 08:57 am (UTC)
I couldn't do it - dark street, large chap - insulting him might have brought on exactly the kind of trouble I was trying to avoid!
Malkmr_malk on November 4th, 2009 04:36 pm (UTC)
Not very Tank Girl, but I think you were right. I tend to share kalypso_v's hope that he pulls the same stunt on someone who can and will kick his bollocks up to his wind-pipe. (OK, that wasn't an exact quote, but I believe that the sentiment was comparable)!
chandlershaw: angry catchandlershaw on November 3rd, 2009 01:13 pm (UTC)
Some men are so stupid!
Valderys: Life on Mars - Grumpy and emovalderys on November 4th, 2009 08:59 am (UTC)
I know! I suspect he hadn't thought it through...
Kalypso: Kaedekalypso_v on November 3rd, 2009 01:15 pm (UTC)
Hope the next woman he does that to is a karate expert...
Valderys: Captain John - did I mention I'm armed?valderys on November 4th, 2009 09:52 am (UTC)
Now, if I was a karate expert, I would have had a little shout... :)
Malk: Watchmenmr_malk on November 3rd, 2009 05:32 pm (UTC)
What a fuckwit. I could say more on the subject, but it would probably be redundant.

As for stereotypes, I sometimes feel a rather base pleasure, slightly akin to schadenfreude, when people justify my prejudices for me! Probably makes me a very bad person, but s'true!
Valderys: Captain John - did I mention I'm armed?valderys on November 4th, 2009 03:02 pm (UTC)
Well, I was being all disapproving of my students, and then felt relieved that it wasn't them. And then thought, why should it make a difference? So felt bad about my own predjudices... :)
Malkmr_malk on November 4th, 2009 04:17 pm (UTC)
I'd say that the difference it makes (and whether it makes any logical sense or not, it still stands) is that on some level, the behaviour of people who belong to the same institution as you do reflects, directly or indirectly on you - even if only in your own eyes.

It doesn't make much difference to how pleasant a place the bus was on that occasion, but I don't think you should beat yourself up about being relieved that it was someone else's students and not yours who were acting like they were in a Little Britain sketch!
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Valderys: Captain John - did I mention I'm armed?valderys on November 4th, 2009 09:57 am (UTC)
Ah, now, I'm not confident enough to do that - alone, dark street etc, etc. Wish I could have done though...
the camelion Poetaltogetherisi on November 4th, 2009 12:06 am (UTC)
Remembering that you live somewhat near me, at least in tinternet terms, I am now trying to figure out which academic institutions you are talking about, lol. I totally miss the city way more than anything else atm.
Valderys: Captain Jack - Cardiff again.  Woo.valderys on November 4th, 2009 02:54 pm (UTC)
I work for the newer of the two Institutions that are in my City, if that helps :) And I know what you mean, I love living in a pretty city, as it were, it makes a mental difference to me even I don't see the pretty bits very often!
the camelion Poetaltogetherisi on November 4th, 2009 04:11 pm (UTC)
OK, I'm thinking the comp you were referring to has kinda reddish burgendy coloured sweatshirts, amirite? I used to go past there, and your institution, twice a day on the bus going to and from school.

It is so weird saying that in the past tense.

And yes, a pretty city is good for the soul, can give an instant morale boost when necessary. I'm very lucky to have swapped one for another :)
Valderys: Dom - eye see youvalderys on November 5th, 2009 05:05 pm (UTC)
That's the one! Exactly that school. And how is your City treating you? It sounds good! My friend glitterboy1 works there and calls it Glitterville - I wish I could think of a cool name for my City :)
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Valderys: Captain John - did I mention I'm armed?valderys on November 4th, 2009 03:03 pm (UTC)
I'm afraid I just chickled weakly as he jogged past, while my heart pounded :) Heroine of the year I am not!
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