There were two things I didn't see coming after I boarded the J Church train the other morning: the woman who was trying to get off at the next stop and a subsequent lambasting from a fellow passenger.
"You wouldn't let that woman get off at her stop," a nearby passenger said accusingly. "All you did was just stand there." I explained how I had tried, unsuccessfully, to hold open the door when I realized what was happening, but that didn't satisfy her. Nor did my sarcastic retort, "Well, good morning to you."
"Thanks to you it won't be a good morning for her," was her angered response.
I decided to stop the interaction there. And as the train lumbered down Church street, I wanted to let this woman know that I really hadn't seen or heard the other passenger in time, that my decaffeinated mornings are a bit slow in starting, that I really do try to remain conscious of the personal space of others while in such confined quarters. I appreciated how this woman had championed the cause of somebody else, but it was unfairly at my expense.
Another darker realization began percolating: That San Francisco is inching toward being just a tad more unforgiving, aggressive and unrelenting. The pace is glacial, or not, depending upon what strata you occupy. But the change is creeping in.