When the metro is a catwalk
The iron of the wheels squeak as they rub over the iron of the tracks. The wagon shakes. One hears the shoveling of people’s shoes when they adjust to the movement of the train. A voice announces the next station, but it is barely understandable in the noise of the chit chat and train. The train is making its way thru the long tunnels under the city. The blue line pulls into a station. People deboard, new passengers board the train. I am sitting in my seat enjoying to see the nice work outfits many of the women are wearing.
Safety and discipline seem of no concern
I am wondering about the disciplined deboarding and boarding. No rush, pushing or use of elbows. Despite it’s the rush hour. When I lived in Germany, I was used to different practice.
I am watching the people waiting for the orange or silver line. None of them seems to be scared by the low illumination of the station. The light is way less than in the Cologne subway or the London Underground or Paris Metro. I am thinking whether it’s easier to use IR cameras for supervision and safety than visible cameras.
Remembrance of other places
The Bing photos of the Moscow metro come into mind, well illuminated showing off the beautiful architecture. I also remember the metro in Budapest in Hungaria that I used in the mid 80s. I traveled with it when I attended a vintage glider meeting close to Budapest. Then I realized that I just made a trip thru Europe in my head. Is thinking of places a way of time travel?
Cultural differences or different techniques
Is the light low as the ceilings are just structured concrete in its natural color? Are the ones in London and Paris considered beautiful because their are old and of well-set enamel tiles? Is there the intense light in Cologne stations because people feel unsafe when waiting at the station? I remember I always did, even during rush hour. The feeling was worst in the early morning hours or late at night when I came back with my Puma sports bag full of washed clothes from visiting my parents when I was a student.
There are women on the train carrying luxury designer bags that have price tags with four digits. None of them presses their bag tight to the body like being concerned that someone would cut the bag off or take it away and jump off the train shortly before the doors close.
I’m wondering why they seem not to be concerned. Are they carrying knock-offs? If so, aren’t they endangering themselves? If not, do they have so much money that the price of the bags is peanuts for them? Even when their bags are second hand – like my Gucci bag – didn’t they have to save for it? I did for mine! And I, on purpose, had chosen a less famous, i.e. not the current It version that everybody would recognize as a Gucci. But honestly, not for safety reasons. Yes, I wanted a Gucci bag, but I wanted it to look like an understated designer bag.
Is staying within the norm the secret?
I remember the last time I rode the U-Bahn in Cologne in 2006. Back then, I felt so uncomfortable. I got looks from immigrants, guest workers and locals even an American tourist group. I had dressed as people from cold climate regions do when they are in a warmer climate region than where they live.
Then it occurred to me “May be the women weren’t concerned because there were so many of them wearing an (seemingly) expensive purse on the train.” Moreover, not wearing your investment pieces is like tossing them. And I am a true believer that diamonds are not just for the opera.
So why should be a 4 digit purse be just for what? Yes, when should you wear it? My mind went blanc. When would you wear an investment bag? When would you wear an investment bag when not to work? To show off their wealth to others or pretend to be rich, and make them feel jealous about it? But so many women doing that game at the same time? Unlikely!
Price-performance ratio and time to wear
My next thought is “When a new high quality bag costs for instance $4000, and the woman plans to carry the bag for about 11 years, the price per wear gets below a dollar. In that case, the bag is actually a great deal.”
Is wearing a high-end quality bag about sustainability?
But would a woman want to carry the same bag on a daily basis for more then a decade? Honestly, I am not even sure about whether I would want that. But, on the other hand, in winter I still wear my shearling coats that I bought in Europe two decades ago. I have been wearing my diamond leopard print jacket even since I was a teenager. However, not daily.
Well, I don’t even remember all my cheap less than $30 bags that lasted often for less than a year. However, I remember my late Mom’s expensive high-end brand bag she had bought for work before I was born. I carried it when I was in college. Unfortunately, it got lost in my late twenties. At that time it was still in great shape.
Look of the day
I am wearing a second hand silk shirt dress. I liked the interesting abstract print that seems to be some where between paisley and geometric print. This time I styled it with a green belt, bag and pumps. Other styling options would be black or white pumps or belts. The dress will look great with my black cardigan or with my green or black leather jacket in fall. Of course, this shirt dress will also look great as a shirt with my white or black leather skirt. Before I buy an item, I always think about possible outfits with the new piece. I don’t want to buy a piece where great outfits are just by random.
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