I now also have a hobbie. I watch people. No, no telescope and stuff, I watch them in the subway.
I had never had to commute to work, really. I could make a 5 minute bus ride, if I was in a hurry, but now I have a 28 minutes SUBWAY ride, and that is a lot of time to be sitting with people you dont know, idly looking at the fluorescent tubes.
So, I am trying to figure out how they do it.
The first rule seems to be LOOK MAD. Everyone looks mad. Pregnant women look mad (even after they get the seats ;-). Old ladies look mad. Med students look mad (my subway stops in the med school). Pretty girls look mad. Lawyers look as mad lawyers (it also stops in the courts), but they carry large stacks of paper, so I would be mad, too!.
So, I am trying to look mad, with relative success, even if it is not easy for someone with my features (I go from pleasant buddha to scary, without a mad phase).
Then, after you look mad so noone will try talking to you, what can you do? Well, thats another story.