October 5, 2005

Subway Smell That Lasts

POST #    1887

Contrary to my dislike of bad smells on the subway, "good" smells on the subway can also be annoying. For example, the woman with the overwhelming perfume who is standing in your personal space, causing you to choke on the scented air you're breathing. Or the man who slathered on waay too much after shave in to cover up the late day odor he'll have.

Even worse is when you grab the bar on the subway, something I usually never do, only to come away with a hand that smells like aftershave. That's what happened to me a few days ago. Yet another reason for me not to grab the bar. You would think that a nice washing of the hand would get rid of the smell, but somehow, just somehow, the scent doesn't go away.

But then, what happens if you neurotically think, "If there is a subway accident, and I'm not holding onto anything, I could go flying!" But really, what's worse, life threatening injury or someone's smell plastered to your hand all day (I'm not even talking about germs)?

Then again, if the scent is actually Jovan for men, I might be in luck!

Posted by tien mao in NYC, Random at 8:05 AM



even worse is when you touch the pole and your hand comes off with something oily or sticky on it. but i still hold onto the rail, as i will inevitably fall down without it.

Posted by: corie at October 5, 2005 10:39 AM

today i held onto the pole while some chubby kid alternated between holding onto and resting on it, leaning his shoulder on my hand. i just about gagged when he told his mother that he uses head and shoulders or something because he has "major flakes."

Posted by: christina at October 5, 2005 2:33 PM

I like winter because you get to wear gloves. I'm too embarrassed to bust out the gloves during the summer to hold onto subway poles. But I have used a newspaper or magazine.

Posted by: Jen at October 5, 2005 10:06 PM

Thank God I live in NY but never have to ride the subway anymore.... i live and stay in Brooklyn...and would rather do the bus than the train.

Posted by: farid at October 9, 2005 11:04 AM

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