Just got back from Maui vacation (ahh, lovely weather, warm, friendly people, courteous drivers) back to Boston and it strikes me again how angry people in this city are and where every interaction has an undertone of hostility.
Flight from Maui to L.A, friendly staff.
Flight from L.A to Boston, the flight crew had expressions like somebody just killed their dog, stuck a fork up their behind and stuffed a lemon in their mouth (and they had an attitude to match). I mean, does their pay get docked if they smile or are not rude?
Get to Boston, the Taxi driver seems to have something against our luggage, slamming it into the trunk and trying to manhandle it (Dude, what did our luggage ever do to you), and then a cop walks over and tries to give the driver advice in a super condescending tone (though to be honest, the cop was right). I step back and watch the interaction amused, until the taxi driver tries to take out his pent-up frustration on our luggage yet again (maybe luggage makers should advertise their luggage as 'Boston Taxi Driver proof').
Then when the taxi driver gets in, I tell him where I am going and he asks "how do you get there!". Why the hell do you drive a taxi if you don't know how to get there!!! What if I was actually a tourist?
The taxi looks like its been used as a stunt double for a demolition derby car. Also, a future archaeologist could do a study of 21st century humans eating habits based on the bits of food stuck in the seats of the taxi. The brakes squeal so much I thought we had run over a whole herd of pigs.
On the drive there, it seems that the taxi driver has a secret fetish for the damn horn and honks for everything (pedestrian, other car, the sky is blue, just for the hell of it etc). Plus he is driving like a maniac and I see our lives flash before our eyes a couple of times. Also, other drivers seem to think that that little turn signal on their steering wheel is a decoration and should not be used under any circumstance. If you use it, it is considered a sign of weakness and the driver behind you MUST accelerate to block off your move. Crosswalks are for stopping on.
Anyway, I know I am also contributing to the whole anger thing, just thought I'd vent.