Tuesday, January 30, 2024

Blocking the way

Here is something that I know a lot of people do and others get extremely frustrated with, and that is blocking the way. This issue applies to those individuals that are walking and sometimes people when they are driving as well, so let’s have a look at a few things that bother me about people blocking the way.

Stopping at the top or bottom of an escalator

Here is a situation that really bothers me, and those are the individuals that stop as soon as they get off an escalator. I understand people are trying to figure out which direction they want to go, but stopping immediately after getting off an escalator bothers me and causes issues for those people behind you. If you are not certain which direction you want to go take a few steps forward, so that you are out of everyone else’s way and then stop and figure out where you are going. I have seen this happen so often and, in some cases, it results in people banging the individual or banging others as they try and get around that individual.

Blocking the door on transit

Here is another situation that can cause a lot of issues and that is blocking the door on transit. There are so many people that like to stand in the doorway on a subway even if they are not getting off at the next station. By blocking the door, it makes it so much harder for people that want to either exit or enter the subway. Some of these individuals also like having their feet stuck out, which then causes a tripping hazard as well. If you like standing in the doorway of transit, please step off the subway at a station and to the side so that everyone wants to enter, or exit have room to do so.

Turning into an aisle/roadway in a parking lot and immediately stopping

It is interesting how many people turn into either an aisle of a parking lot or even into a parking lot and immediately stop. This can be extremely dangerous because there are other cars trying to get around as well. Blocking an aisle or roadway will get a lot of other people upset and could result in an accident. Again, if you aren’t sure where you are wanting to go, pull out of traffic and ensure that there isn’t someone right behind you and then stop to figure out where you are going.

Final notes

These are just a few of the things that I have seen, and I am writing about because there are a lot of other ways people can block the way. So, next time you are out and about, look at what others are doing and remember to think about what you are doing as well. Blocking the way for others can be very frustrating.

Tuesday, January 23, 2024

A concert experience

 Recently we went to a concert, and we haven’t been to one for a few years given the Pandemic and everything else. This time we decided to go and have an evening where we could forget about work and just spend the time together and enjoy the evening. The concert was to start at 8 pm, which was a reasonable time given it was during the week and people do work.

We arrived at the venue a little early as we checked and saw that the doors would open at 7 pm, which seemed reasonable for a concert hall. We arrived around 6:40 as traffic wasn’t as bad as we thought it could be and also, we grabbed a quicker dinner so that gave us time to not stress about a lot of things that could go wrong. When we arrived, there are quite a few people already waiting so we figured that the doors would be locked and of course they were. With this being early yes testing the door given no one was standing near the doors it was worth checking. Now this is when the fun starts to begin. More and more people start arriving, and this area is starting to get a little more crowded, and it was amazing how many people would immediately walk by everyone else that was standing in this area to check the door and pull on it multiple times. If a door didn’t open when I first tried it, I would assume that it was locked, but no people would pull on the door three or four times trying to get it to open.

Once the doors open which was yes at 7 pm it was time to go into the venue and for anyone with a bag, it was checking what they had in their bag, but it was a quick check and then off to get the tickets scanned and head towards the area where our seats were. It didn’t take us long to find where our section was, and we didn’t need a lot of assistance to find out where they were as we were looking at the different signs.

We spend a bit of time walking around, and they announced that doors would open to the auditorium at 7:30 so that gave us time to relax. We decided to have a glass of wine while waiting for the doors to open. It was fun doing some people watching because some people were shocked that they couldn’t immediately go to their seats once they got their tickets scanned.

The overall concert was wonderful, and we both enjoyed it a lot. The one thing that I would have to say that might have been a bit of an issue was the number of washrooms that their venue had to offer. The washrooms were only in the back centre of the venue and from what I found there were only two sets of washrooms. For a venue that has a capacity of 2,630 people, that doesn’t seem like a lot of washrooms. The other issue that we did find that there were lots of stairs getting to the various sections, so if you have issues with stairs, check with the venue before you purchase our tickets.

The overall concert experience was wonderful, and we both enjoyed our evening doing something a little different. So, if you are going to a concert, and you arrive early, and you see lots of people standing near an entrance there is a good chance that the doors are locked so just wait patiently and you will get in.