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    unaangalia nini? baiskeli's Avatar
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    Dang! Boston is one angry city

    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.

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    Non Tribuo Anus Rodentum and off to the next adventure (RIP) Stacey's Avatar
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    This probably goes a long way to explain it.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4G-D0F4Q9yk&NR

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    Quote Originally Posted by baiskeli
    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.
    From my experience living in the Boston area for a few years, this sounds like just another day at the office in Beantown. All drivers are insane there, at least they are when they get behind the wheel. Lines on the road are there purely for decoration. Stop lights are year-round Christmas decorations. Stupid moves are made as sloooooowly as possible so as to inconvenience as many people as possible. And the road "system" (in reality, nothing more than pavement thrown over the old cow- and horse-paths of yesteryear, and that's no joke) only makes it worse. You have not lived until you have experienced a Boston "rotary" (i.e., traffic circle) at full flood tide - scarier even then a wall of taxis coming at you while walking across one of the Avenues in Manhattan). Driving in Boston is like Nancy Reagan's view on drugs -- just say "no."
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    Been to Boston a few times. On one trip in college, we decided that the way you drove in Boston went like this:

    1. Reach in open window of car and start honking horn.

    2. Open door and get in while still honking, yell a few obscenities.

    3. Start car, being careful to not stop honking the horn.

    4. Merge into traffic using the only excepted signal in Boston, the middle finger. This part is tricky becuase you have to drive, honk and hand gesture.

    5. Drive to destination making sure to signal, honk and yell obscenites.

    6. Arrive at location, park, shut off engine, open door, get out, stop honking.
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    Im an hour from Boston, I will not drive into Boston, everyone is too hostile. I rarely go into Boston for anything, sorry this happend to you but if you travel out of Boston about 40 minutes away you'll find the friendliest folks!

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    ^^^That is the funny part, the people on the street were totally nice. Would see us with our tourist maps looking lost and step right up with directions without us even asking. Go figure.
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    Phobias are for irrational fears. Fear of junk ripping badgers is perfectly rational. Those things are nasty.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jsharr
    ^^^That is the funny part, the people on the street were totally nice. Would see us with our tourist maps looking lost and step right up with directions without us even asking. Go figure.
    giving your looks and add desperate looks, I bet you did get a lot of attention

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    unaangalia nini? baiskeli's Avatar
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    Quote Originally Posted by blonduathlongrl
    Im an hour from Boston, I will not drive into Boston, everyone is too hostile. I rarely go into Boston for anything, sorry this happend to you but if you travel out of Boston about 40 minutes away you'll find the friendliest folks!
    Ironically, I live in Somerville (which is a bit friendlier). I am a Bostonian but it strikes me how unfriendly we are whenever I come back from friendlier climes (essentially everywhere else in the world). I lived in Methuen (on the MA NH border, and people were much friendlier there.

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    If you want to see unfriendly Bostonions wear your Yankees Jersey and Cap to Fenway. It is always good for a few good natured comments!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Stacey
    This probably goes a long way to explain it.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4G-D0F4Q9yk&NR

    Hehe...I hadn't seen that video, but it pretty well summed up my thoughts on it.

    "It had all the parts of a bomb...except the bomb."

    Apparently the cartoon producers have been fined a couple $million for this.
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    I am from New England but have lived in the Pacific Northwest for over thirty years. Every two or three years, I go back to visit. I used to fly into Boston because it's usually cheaper than the other airports but for the past 15 years or so I've spent the extra money to fly into Providence or Hartford just to avoid the attitude described by the OP. On the way home, the smiles usually return to the faces of the passengers when I change planes in Minneapolis, Salt Lake City, Denver or Dallas.

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