If you’ve taken any form of public transportation for a certain period of time, you’re probably familiar with what Sydney Smith of NYU Local refers to as the “subway crush”: fleeting looks, a shy smile, the connection that lasts until duty calls and you come to your stop.
From her experience, though, Smith has found that the relationship doesn’t have to end at the conductor’s call, though we’d probably recommend skipping number three for the sake of everyone on the train and your own criminal record.
(We would like to give a shout out to Dan, the guy from Chicago’s West Metra line, to thank him for a great day ditching work and wandering the city back in the day.)
Buy shitty headphones
You know when that one guy on the train has headphones which leak noise and you have to listen to his friend’s steel drum band’s EP all the way uptown? This can work to your advantage if you have terrific taste in music and you are super cute. Jenah Patterson, a Tisch junior, says: “Once I was on the train with a guy who was listening to the Trent Reznor soundtrack to The Social Network, and I was so in love with him! I secretly listened to Trent Reznor with him for two stops, when he got off at West 4th St.” Unfortunately Jenah had a boyfriend street-side, but if she didn’t, those two would probably still be together listening to The Downward Spiral and watching The Newsroom.
Introduce yourself via Facebook
Okay, this one involves a tiny bit of talking, but not much, don’t worry! Right before you get off the train, or when you start to notice your crush leaving, ask for his/her name. Stop that conversation right there! Do NOT smile invitingly! When you get home, add that cutie on Facebook, where your carefully manicured profile will do all the talking for you. Slowly start liking his/her cover photos, and someday, maybe, you can meet in person again, peeking out from behind your computer before scuttling back into the darkness. For example, this guy introduced himself to me at the President St stop and added me on Facebook where I found out that yes, ladies, he’s single!!!
A sketchy guide to relationships.
Photo credit: Adam E. MoreiraAuthor on Google+