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Writing Day 2

Day 2: Putting the REAL in reality television

Often during my commute, or just about any time really, I like to unplug and people watch. For whatever reason, we don’t find our own lives interesting, so we live vicariously through others, mostly by making assumptions about them. At least, this is what it seems like in my humble opinion.

I channel my inner Walter Mitty (from The Secret Life of Walter Mitty by James Thurber) and create vignettes of the person’s life based on what they’re wearing or where they’re going. Sometimes, people involve me in their personal lives, without meaning to. I’m talking of course of people who maybe speak loudly when they’re on the phone or couples who publicly fight.

Most often, I wonder where people are headed at various times of the day. For example, why is the train crowded on certain days during what you assume are off peak hours.

If nothing else, it definitely keeps me entertained and passes the time quickly.


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