Pet Peeve ...  

TheQuietGuy2005 54M
3484 posts
9/21/2005 10:11 pm

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Pet Peeve ...

Not only do they keep cropping up in Real Life, they're following me into Blogland now!

Twice in a very short time, the same jovial question has come up in separate blogs, most recently in an entry by SaintLianna ([post 98250]): "How is it that we put man on the moon before we figured out it would be a good idea to put wheels on luggage?"

My answer? Because NASA's too damn sensible!

Actually, it's not the wheels I hate as such - I even have a suitcase with wheels on myself - but the dog's leash that people tend to pull them with.

Why? Come and use London's public transport during rush hour one day. I mean, you may think you have busy railways and underground (subway) systems but, with the possible exception of Tokyo, they have nothing on London.

So there I am, battling through the crowds, looking for a gap to shimmy through and - lo! - one appears. Many years of training let me react swiftly and, instinctively, I head through - only to bash myself on someone's suitcase that's lurking somewhere behind them. On one particularly memorable morning, I flew over the suitcase into the slightly annoyed crowd on the other side.

Since when do people need four feet of space behind them in crowds???

Now, I know that not everyone is as strong as I am and not everyone can carry such a weight. But, please people, why can you not keep your case closer to your body? If you need such a big case on wheels, pull it along by the handle ... that's what it's there for. It is not a dog and does not belong on a leash!

Or, at least, put some kind of handy flag on top of it so that it's visible at eye level in crowds, eh? Is that too much to ask for the sake of my shins?

Mind you, I know this rant will do me no good whatsoever. Anyone who thinks it's a good idea to try to negotiate London Underground with all their possessions in the rush hour must be certifiably insane anyway

And you, dear reader, would never do such a thing in any case ... would you?

Rant over ... feel free to carry on with whatever you were doing ...


I guess "pet peeve" is really an American term. I clearly remember coming across it first in a Superboy comic way too many years ago ... and have been waiting ever since for a chance to use it!

helga_hansen 49F  
1987 posts
9/21/2005 11:35 pm

Jx... I'm with you on this one!!! All our suitcases have handles and not leashes, and the rule in my house is, you pack it, you lug it!


Love, hugs and kisses from ♥♥HH♥♥

TheQuietGuy2005 54M
2386 posts
9/22/2005 8:06 am

Helga ... Great minds and so on! Keep the faith, sista!

nbtnt ... Why indeed? Maybe some of us are actually descended in part from tortoises and have an uncontrollale urge to carry our lives around us? Mind you, I wouldn't mind if people carried their luggage on their backs - at least I'd be able to see it then!

brightblonde3 58F

9/22/2005 8:23 am

Pet peeve originated here? Learn something daily.

While I don't take public transportation too often in carcentric LA, I do ride the Santa Monica bus and the Freeway Flyer downtown as well as ride the Metro subway. Invariably someone comes on loaded for bear and proceeds to spread out and take up seats. You purchased one fare; you're entitled to one seat. Move the hell over *smacking offender with tote bag."

So rant away. Good post, good puppy *scratching Q's ears*...


rm_dizzyandfun 48F
752 posts
9/22/2005 8:35 am

Having had many, many a bruised shin ( and worse) mostly in airports (rush hour?? try an international airport and the "last call for boarding" comes screeching over the tannoy!! jeeezuzzz). And why such BIG cases?? The last thing I want to think about when travelling is a) packing and b) lugging a massive case around. I mean..the days when GENTLEMEN used to help you are welllll gone methinks!!!

dizzy xx

SweetDarlinAngel 39F
2996 posts
9/22/2005 12:04 pm

Though my international travels are few and far between, I have often found myself hurtling at the last minute over a lesahed bit of luggage on tote behind some sluggishly slow individual creeping along during rush hour in the subway stations of NY. This is a feat not easily manuevered in a skirt, high heels, and toddler in tow mind you but when those before you feel the need to cart around half of thier flat to work and back each day, you learn to think quickly on your feet.

As far as the chivilrous days of gentlemen helping the ladies with thier bags. . . We'd probably find far more willing men to help if there were far less women who carted around leashed luggage!

Great post QG!



rm_saintlianna 45F
15466 posts
9/22/2005 2:15 pm

The crowd was annoyed because you feel over it! I can't believe that. I would have asked if you were okay and if you were I would have laughed, whats wrong with people?

AmberSolaire 42M

9/22/2005 5:28 pm

I just heard a TRAVIS song on the radio and thought of you.WEG If you need help Im sure Helga will know which one I mean.


PrincessKarma 43F
6188 posts
9/22/2005 8:05 pm

I learned the hard way. Now I only pack a carry-on (the vertical kind) and daypack (small backpack) when traveling internationally, and that half-empty in case of shopping.

The Big Bang was the mother of all orgasms.PrincessKarma

MissAnnThrope 56F
11488 posts
9/23/2005 1:46 am

Last year, I had to deal with my luggage on the Underground at rush hour a few times. Why? The person I was over there to visit didn't take the day off ever, on the day I was leaving. So, as he left for work, I left too. Complete with luggage. I got very nasty looks from the regular commuters each time. However, I used the handle on the suitcase. A leash would have made it even more unwieldly. I would have ended up hurting people.

I do have to say, the London Underground is far more luggage friendly than the NYC Subway. There are no gates for people with luggage. So, as you're behind people taking the subway to Kennedy, or tourists who expected the same amenities as in Europe trying to get through the turnstyle with suitcases as large as they are, it's far more annoying. Very few NYC Subway stations have elevators and even fewer have escalators. So, at rush hour, being behind someone lugging a suitcase almost as large as they are up the stairs can be painful.

So, don't blame the people with the luggage. Blame the system there for being way too luggage friendly.

rm_FreeLove999 46F
16127 posts
9/23/2005 5:13 am

haha, i'm one of those on the other side of the story -- stuck in the London Underground with suitcases during rush hour -- not on purpose but just as a result of getting lost! well we only had SA money, which does not go very far, taxis were out of the question and we were moving to Cambridge for a year (with resultant large amounts of luggage) and trying to figure out how to get from Heathrow to Cambridge on the train was a nightmare -- LOL! i didn't pull my suitcases around on a leash tho!

[blog freelove999]

brightblonde3 58F

9/23/2005 6:19 am

Er, pardon me Q, may I leave a message for Princess Karma?

In CASE of shopping....? What willpower you have!

TheQuietGuy2005 54M
2386 posts
9/23/2005 10:33 am

Seems like I touched a nerve here! Glad to know I'm not the only one that these people annoy ...{carefully avoids staring at FreeLove who didn't do it on purpose ... at least, so she claims }.

Dizzy, SweetDarlinAngel ... What can I say? There are still some gentlemen around ... though I guess you'll have to take my word for it ... at least for the time being

Dizzy ..."rush hour?? try an international airport and the "last call for boarding" comes screeching over the tannoy!!" I can assure you, m'dear, that's nothing ... just come over and make a trip from, say, Victoria mainline station to Oxford Circus on a hot day at, say, 8am. I can promise you an experience you'd never forget

BB3 ... Feel free to start in-blog conversations, ma'am ... apart from anything else, I must admit I find PrincessKarma's comment decidedly curious. Maybe she's just being coy about it?

SaintLianna ... People adopt a curiously detached attitude to survive the rush-hour trip in the London Underground - being jostled shakes us out of our little, isolated bubbles and reminds us what a godawful thing we're about to do!

MissAnnThrope ... I bow to your better knowledge of the NY Subway system. I understand, though, that the throughput of the central London network is rather higher than that in New York.

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