Wednesday, March 23, 2005

New Jersey Woman Wants Better Training For Commuters

BRICK, N.J. (Wireless Flash - FlashNews) – A New Jersey woman is on the right track: She wants to train rail passengers how to handle long-distance commutes.

Erin Patrice Bennett is a graphic artist who rides the train nearly four hours each day, which has inspired her to create a survival guide for long-distance commuters at her website,

Although most train riders know to “avoid eye contact with people who have crazy eyes,” there are some railroad rules that aren’t as obvious.

For instance, Bennett says old, beat-up train seats are usually the most comfortable while newer seats are ergonomically- designed to bring on back spasms.

Also, keeping a scarf wrapped around your face is a great way to avoid the garlic curry odor emanating from your seatmate.

Finally, Bennett says using your commute train time to catch up on your reading is okay but clipping your toenails is a definite no-no.

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