Three Strikes You’re Out!

Vintage Tube

If this was a baseball game, there would be a number of players on the bench! Today was my first morning of the tube strikes. I was already home before they started last night. I take a very early train in the morning and it is never packed before I get on, today it was! The train station was heaving as we pulled in. The streets were crowded. Baker Street Station was completely locked up except for one entrance in the front. I slipped through the metal gates and down the steps. I was lucky in that I could get on a tube as my stop is at the end of the line (if I take this particular line). The bus was my back-up plan. But I didn’t have to resort to that.

I waited about 15 minutes and a tube arrived. It was very busy, but low and behold for the first time ever, people were actually being nice, they were letting others off, they weren’t pushing to get on, everyone was calm, quiet.

It wasn’t as bad as I expected it to be, but I think I was lucky, some of my colleagues had horror stories about their trips into work. Tomorrow, along with all the other commuters I will face this battle again, but hopefully it will be as pleasant an experience as I had this morning.

And next week we get to do it all over again for another 2 1/2 days.