I am now a commuter. True, I only commute on the railroad one day a week. I have to buy daily tickets and don't wear my monthly pass around my neck, or on my phone like the " real" commuters. I am learning. As I wait on the platform I see what the commuters wear. It's cold in NY especially catching the 7:29. Some people wear heavy coats, but don't close them. This is a very popular look. I cannot imagine the purpose of this, unless it is to give the impression of carelessly flapping in the wind. I feel cold looking at them. Then you have the parade of scarves.
Scarves have become a very important fashion statement. I have had young teachers wear elaborate scarves in classrooms well over 80 degrees. I recently sat across from a lady who folded and unfolded her pashmina for our 40 minute railroad trip. It was like watching a silent how to video. I really learned a lot. Thank you scarf lady.
Aside from scarves there are now phones, I pads, and readers to play with, on the train. There was an announcement that there were designated silent cars one could chose to sit in. My car was packed not a sound was heard. I had my kindle, it's great. Some people still read newspapers/ I wish they wouldn't, because most of them leave them on their seats.
Lastly I am fascinated with the train conductors, ticket agents.... the people who punch your ticket and sell tickets if necessary. Why would anyone want to ride up and back on a train all day? The uniforms are OK...I wonder how much money they earn? My wise husband says many have family that have done this, like police or firemen/ women. I have never heard a child wish to grow up to work on a railroad... Commuting one day a week is OK. Thirty forty years.... I rather take the car.