Nothing lasts forever, especially a short nap on the tube. One was on the early morning southbound bakerloo line tube from Wembley Central and then decided to shift gear to sleep mode shortly after the driver left Queen’s Park .
To keep track of things , the eyes popped open at Maida Vale . It wasn’t long afterward that we were at Warwick Avenue. That was actually when the sleep “was entering the body.”
But you know what, settling into deep sleep mode was both a danger signal and also annoying. Danger signal in that one may have found himself at Baker Street or thereabout, and the annoying bit being that yours truly didn’t get to enjoy the nap that much as he had to keep one eye open.
In fact, before you knew it, the driver was putting his feet off the gas , thus forcing one to grudgingly get up to smell the coffee and get off at the usual place, Paddington.
Watch this, as we all know, social distancing is primarily about stopping the spread of the invisible enemy that is coronavirus . But it can also prevent being bumped over and getting mildly elbowed, as one did find out on bus 388 and the overground.
That of the bus happened as the driver approached the bus stop and yours truly got off his seat and moved close to the door. There was just about a meter separating him from the young chap who had also done same .
For some reason , the driver pressed hardly on the break , thus causing the fellow commuter to come backward and stepping on one’s toes. If one were a litigious citizen, he could have been on the phone to an injury lawyer.
Meanwhile, nearly two hours later , it was a mild elbow from another commuter eager to get off at Dalston Kingsland , as the overground train was inching towards the station .
Thank goodness, one was able to dodge the body part.
***Oyedoyin, a writer, journalist and essayist, is a Nigerian living in the United Kingdom. He keeps a weekly diary of life and events around the typical diasporan for your entertainment and education. On Morning Mail, of course!