no ding for you…

Streetcar often drivers ding their bells when they pass each other. Sometimes they wave as well and they also are likely to chat if the cars are stopped. I try to eavesdrop if I can but the conversations are never scintillating.

Do streetcar drivers ding their bells if they dislike (or feel indifferent to) the operator coming in the opposite direction? I think yes. The ding is a greeting — much like good morning — and a response is almost autonomous. But I bet the ones who wave and chat are friends.

Sometimes I wish I could drive a streetcar. The idea of driving around downtown with no lane changing is very appealing. Plus, I would love to get up each morning knowing exactly what I needed to wear. I would ding at all my friends all day long.

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