Make Way For Weirdos: Getting That Much-Desired Elbow Room on the Metro

I may have found out how not to feel like a squished fish in a tin can during morning and afternoon commutes. Recently I was recording sounds of the Metro with a small handheld digital recorder and noticed that everyone gave me quite a bit of room, although not without slightly freaked-out gazes.

Look – it’s small and I can hide it in my hand. Does it really look that dangerous?

The next time I wanted to record in the train I brought the same little recorder and attached a neck strap so it would look like any other MP3 player someone had dangling around their neck. Still people were freaked out a little. Maybe next time I will actually plug in headphones as well and fool people into thinking the little device really is what it looks like.

5 Comments so far

  1. Brock (unregistered) on December 12th, 2006 @ 1:49 pm

    I think the more important question is, why do you want to record the sounds of the Metro?

  2. Carl Weaver (unregistered) on December 12th, 2006 @ 2:07 pm

    What’s it matter why I want to? Would that freak people out less? It was for a podcast I was putting together and technically still am, since I never finished it.

    The Metro has some great sounds!

  3. Brock (unregistered) on December 12th, 2006 @ 7:25 pm

    I suppose it doesn’t really matter, but I think that someone recording the crowd around them would be on par with the guy having an animated one-sided argument with himself. On the other hand, that things looks small enough that I wouldn’t even notice it, but if I did you’d get a dirty look, I reckon.

  4. wayan (unregistered) on December 12th, 2006 @ 11:06 pm


    Maybe its you, not the recorder.

  5. Don (unregistered) on December 13th, 2006 @ 9:30 am

    I could imagine the more paranoid among us thinking that was a radon sampling device or something. Reassure them by saying you’re sampling for over-use of cologne and perfume and they shouldn’t need to worry about themselves….. or SHOULD they?

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