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The product of communicating with subway patrons
Fun fact: almost half of my good friends in my new home town of Chicago were randomly made on the subway. How did I meet them? By randomly striking up a conversation. I'm one of the few people on the planet that doesn't think that it's strange to communicate with people on the train, whether this is with a smile, some polite conversation or a shared laugh -- as it turns out, there are a lot of interesting people out there. Perhaps that's why I travel so much.
There's an interesting youtube video making its way around the interwebs right now that well-illustrates my line of thought. A guy named Luke Rudkowski spent some time meeting and interviewing random passengers on the New York subway, and in the process pulled some pretty interesting stories and opinions out of everyday passengers. With so many commuters stacked so close to one another each day, it's amazing that these stories don't more often intersect.