Thursday, 14 March 2013

A Positive experience on the TTC

I love being efficient. It's funny, when I have this mindset that everything will get done in the most efficient way, it really does! Like everything I did yesterday just went tickety boo. No delays. No waste of time. And I met nice people and chatted up strangers (yes, even strangers!)

First there was Mary and Verna in the lobby of my apartment building and we had the usual "Is it cold enough for you?" type of discussion that happens at this time of year. Verna and I walked to the subway and she asked me lots of questions, most of which centered around why I was not working as a Chef (because she remembered that I had done Chef Training last year at George Brown College). I replied with: "Do we have to do everything in life simply for getting a job at the end of it?" I always love to deflect questions that I don't really want to answer (especially when I don't know the person that well and don't feel like telling them my life story) by throwing them off with a question that comes right out of left field for them. Sure enough, Verna gave me a perplexed look and then mumbled "No I guess not."

I rode down to St. Clair station (from Davisville) and had the most wonderful Streetcar driver EVER!!!!

Too bad it was such a short ride. He was so entertaining and funny and nice that I could have gone to the wilds of Mississauga with him in the driver's seat.

It started off with him sitting in an empty streetcar in the waiting position beside the platform, which was just behind where three other ladies and myself were waiting to board. (He hadn't driven up to the boarding location yet)

But before I had time to even think about that fact, he pulled up rather quickly, opened the doors and as each of us climbed aboard, he beamed and said "Good morning!" with the most sincere smile you ever saw!

Then he said to one of the ladies but looked at me and the third one at the same time:

"I don't like my angels waiting out in the cold"

It wasn't even that cold outside (not as far as I was concerned)

Then he said:

"I'm just going to take a short break so I am putting you in charge" and he pointed to the older lady sitting across from me. She smiled but didn't say anything back. (I think Torontonians are not used to such friendliness and joking style banter, and they are so taken aback that they don't know how to respond)

Noticing that she hadn't replied, he rephrased his comment:

"Can you handle being in charge?"

To this, she gave a confident "Yes!"

"I knew you could" was his answer as he stepped off the streetcar. He was only gone for about two minutes and when he came back he said:

"Second in command- did anything happen while I was gone?" This was meant for me.

I simply replied "No" with a similar stunned expression as the first lady had had when he addressed her.

The driver continued, "Okay we could wait 4 minutes like I am supposed to do, or we could leave right away - which would you like?"

He really said this! When does a driver of any TTC vehicle ask you when you would like him to depart? (And why would they? It is not something anybody would expect)

Then he looked over at me and the other woman behind me and said:

"I think these women want to leave right away. They have that look in their eyes. I used to be a Social Worker so I know how to read people."

As we pulled out of the station, he continued to chat with First in Command. She was telling him how nice it was to have a TTC driver with a sense of humour. He replied that it was not that hard to be nice. He went on to say how many people have personal problems, problems at home but that these things should never be brought into the workplace. Whenever he referred to any of us four women, he always used the term "angels". It was so sweet!

One of the women was missing all of this insightful conversation because she was tuned out, listening to her ipod. That is the problem with ipods (but I will save my theory on ipods for another post at another time)

When my stop came up, I was sorry to have to leave the streetcar. I could have listened to him all day long. But I made sure to tell him how much I appreciated him, by saying:

"You are a right-on guy! Thanks for making my day!"

He smiled a broad smile as I got off. He made my day so I wanted to make his. Proving that what you put out into the world you get back. Imagine if all of our interactions with others could be this positive!

1 comment:

  1. Nice... good to know that there are still great people out there!