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Old 01-07-2013, 12:42 PM   #16
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Never thought of it that way can't think of the last time I owned a pair though I guess they still sell them
5 Below usually has them in store. They might not be the the most adult looking aka. teen prints or crazy color mixture, but they would get the job done on a budget

BTW, I also attract the strange ones too!
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Old 01-07-2013, 12:57 PM   #17
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Never thought of it that way can't think of the last time I owned a pair though I guess they still sell them
They are making a huge comeback. A lot of younger people are switching to them. My DD finds them much more comfortable. In fact the Dr. Dre Beats (if I spelled that correctly) are hugely popular and quite expensive ($200 - $300).

I purchased the SkullCandy purple ones for my DD for around $30 on line. But I'm sure you can find a pair of headphones at Wal-Mart or Target.
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Old 01-07-2013, 03:00 PM   #18
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A bit expensive, but DH and DS have these ones, and love them. DH thinks that unless there is a lot of bass, you might as well not listen to the song.

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00...ls_o05_s00_i00

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00...ls_o05_s00_i01 (we paid nowhere near that price, but I included the type anyway, just in case you decide to google and see where to buy them)
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Old 01-07-2013, 03:11 PM   #19
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Wow.

Is it really so wrong for someone to start a conversation on the bus or subway and be friendly?

Must we all stick headphones in our ears and avoid eye contact at all costs?

I usually try to be friendly to anyone sitting next to me and will strike up a conversation (NOT if they have a book open) if possible.

Never thought I'd be looked at for being weird for attempting to be nice.

Gone are the good ole' days when people actually TALKED.
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Old 01-07-2013, 03:13 PM   #20
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Thanks I will look into the big headphones of I can get them for less then 35 dollars that would be great
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Old 01-07-2013, 03:23 PM   #21
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Wow.

Is it really so wrong for someone to start a conversation on the bus or subway and be friendly?

Must we all stick headphones in our ears and avoid eye contact at all costs?

I usually try to be friendly to anyone sitting next to me and will strike up a conversation (NOT if they have a book open) if possible.

Never thought I'd be looked at for being weird for attempting to be nice.

Gone are the good ole' days when people actually TALKED.
I'm sorry but yes, it is a problem when people ask you where you work, where you live, and other very personal details after knowing you for all of 5 seconds. This is not "friendly" conversation. This is about people are invasive and keep asking the same questions over and over. I have had people ask me where I work, am I married, where I live, if I have kids, etc.. Sorry bus stranger, I'm not telling you that when you didn't even tell my your name. Not everyone is looking for a pleasant conversation and a new friend.
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Old 01-07-2013, 03:25 PM   #22
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OP, if I recall correctly, you had a lot of anxiety over taking the bus previously, and you were worried about something horrible happening to you on your way to work. It sounds like you may be misinterpreting normal conversation as sinister based on your own fears instead of what is actually taking place. Have you talked to a therapist about this?

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If I recall correctly, you had a lot of anxiety over taking the bus previously, and you were worried about something horrible happening to you on your way to work. It sounds like you may be misinterpreting normal conversation as sinister based on your own fears instead of what is actually taking place. Have you talked to a therapist about this?
I'm assuming you meant to quote the OP and not me??? Not sure.
It has been at least 7 years since I have taken public transportation, well before I was on the DIS and I have never talked about it before. I never had any issues with it in the 2 1/2 year I took the train. In fact I really liked it because I didn't have to deal with traffic and could spend the time reading. Needles to say I did a lot more reading back then. I just don't like it when the first thing out of someones mouth is "Where do you live?". Fortunately that didn't happen often.
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I feel like I must come from another planet or something.

I would have NO PROBLEM whatsoever with someone asking me if I had kids Sure, I do! I have 3 of them! Boys! Gosh, it's even in my screen name here on DIS, and as far as I know, all of you are STRANGERS!

I have no problem telling people where I live either. Not street address, lol, but certainly the town, and I'm sure that's all people are wondering when they ask you where you're from, lol.

When I ask you on the plane or wherever if you're from around here, I am most certainly NOT looking to attack you or rob you or kidnap your children, lol. I am just looking to be a little friendly in a very cold and mean world....
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I'm assuming you meant to quote the OP and not me??? Not sure.
Oh my gosh, I'm so sorry! I didn't mean to hit "quote!" I'll edit it right now...
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Old 01-07-2013, 03:50 PM   #26
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I feel like I must come from another planet or something.

I would have NO PROBLEM whatsoever with someone asking me if I had kids Sure, I do! I have 3 of them! Boys! Gosh, it's even in my screen name here on DIS, and as far as I know, all of you are STRANGERS!

I have no problem telling people where I live either. Not street address, lol, but certainly the town, and I'm sure that's all people are wondering when they ask you where you're from, lol.

When I ask you on the plane or wherever if you're from around here, I am most certainly NOT looking to attack you or rob you or kidnap your children, lol. I am just looking to be a little friendly in a very cold and mean world....
Some people's situations make them more vulnerable. Disclosing their life circumstances is not always in their best interest.
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Old 01-07-2013, 03:53 PM   #27
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And they what to know the exact location of the school and given what just happen up north I am not giving it out.
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I feel like I must come from another planet or something.

I would have NO PROBLEM whatsoever with someone asking me if I had kids Sure, I do! I have 3 of them! Boys! Gosh, it's even in my screen name here on DIS, and as far as I know, all of you are STRANGERS!

I have no problem telling people where I live either. Not street address, lol, but certainly the town, and I'm sure that's all people are wondering when they ask you where you're from, lol.

When I ask you on the plane or wherever if you're from around here, I am most certainly NOT looking to attack you or rob you or kidnap your children, lol. I am just looking to be a little friendly in a very cold and mean world....
I've had people, who after telling them what town I lived in, then ask what street, do you live near XYZ. Sorry, I don't feel comfortable telling a strange guy I've never seen before anything like that. Plus a bus only goes so far, there is a good chance we all live in the same town. A public bus or train at 10pm is a much different crowd than a plane. They guy asking could just get off the bus when you do and follow you home. (Sure someone could do that from a plane but that would need to be way more dedicated, lol)
As a young woman traveling alone I never felt comfortable with men talking to me and questioning me like that. Maybe they weren't sinister but they weren't "nice" guys either.
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No problem. I was just confused.
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Old 01-07-2013, 04:53 PM   #29
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Wow.

Is it really so wrong for someone to start a conversation on the bus or subway and be friendly?

Must we all stick headphones in our ears and avoid eye contact at all costs?

I usually try to be friendly to anyone sitting next to me and will strike up a conversation (NOT if they have a book open) if possible.

Never thought I'd be looked at for being weird for attempting to be nice.

Gone are the good ole' days when people actually TALKED.
No, it's not wrong for someone to initiate a conversation on the bus, or anywhere for that matter. But. If the other person obviously doesn't want to converse, then let them be. Not all of us are outgoing people (sounds like you are and there is nothing wrong with that) and not all of us want to have conversations with total strangers.
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Old 01-07-2013, 05:05 PM   #30
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When did I get to be the bad guy for wanting to keep my coworkers safe as well as the kids I work with
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