Do you know any touching stories of romance? A cherished moment found in the most unusual places? Or maybe the story of a shy and retiring sort who found their beau or Princess? Well it seems the people of Victoria are open to all opportunities as they are finding love on the Melbourne Metro.
It is not unusual to hear of people dating in the workplace or finding someone through mutual friends. Yet it is often said that you find love when you least expect it, so what about the commute to work? I certainly remember a couple I knew who met at a bus stop so I guess it can happen.
If you are spending some time in the amazing city of Melbourne in Australia then this just maybe your opportunity. Not only is it the fashion capital of Australia but the place is awash with pretty girls and handsome guys.
The public transport system serves Melbourne CBD very well with numerous trains, trams and buses coming at frequent intervals. Yet often when people are on their daily commute they seem lost in their own little world, often absorbed by their mobile phone, listening to music or reading a book or kindle.
Some however just enjoy the ride on the transit system. Eyes wander as people are crammed in to tight spaces. Is it any wonder people are attracted to well dressed people close by?
So if the cat’s got your tongue and you are too shy to break the ice there is an answer. So hello to the free evening paper for Melbourne Metro commuters. Yes I’m talking about MX.
Like the Evening Standard in London and papers in other major cities around the world, MX can be found being distributed in various stations around the city. Often when I board a Melbourne Metro train I find an MX paper lying free on the seat.
Admittedly the paper is often full of low brow celebratory, TV and Sporting news. Yet I’m often intrigued to read the fun sections like MX Talk.
In here readers can place messages for other commuters. Clearly this has taken off as I see people looking for love in the “Here’s looking at you” section.
Here is a selection of some of the great messages I saw in MX during a recent trip to Melbourne:-
“To the guy with short hair on the train to Werribee from Newport nearly every day. You smiled and we had a chat. You made my day. I wish I’d taken your number……you’re amazing.”
“To the girl with the purple top on the 4.56 inbound from Narre Warren on Wednesday: I was wearing a purple check shirt and got off at Carnegie. I regret not saying hi. Wanna talk purple sometime?”
“To the stunning Kate Hudson lookalike on the door at Ponyfish. You’re sweet as Candy.”
“Hey hottie with the wild curls, your carrot-crunching sent me wild. Let’s harvest veggies together.”
“Beautiful Amy with perfect skin at South Yarra station listening to country: Fancy a hoedown?”
These are just some of the fun messages you can read in the free paper on the Melbourne Metro. However it is not always full of roses. One poor girl was certainly put in her place:-
“To the girl with the curly red hair, on the Lilydale line: You’re not hot. Get over yourself.”
Not finding love on the Melbourne Metro
Probably more fitting for Flights And Frustration is a rant like section called “Vent your spleen” in the readers messages section. All sorts of tales go on here. Have a look at this selection:-
This was in response to a previous MX contributor:-
“To Appalled (MX, Wed) re person next to you picking their nose. Try, “Excuse me. If you’re trying to stimulate your brain, why not scratch your bottom?” “
“Who designed the seating on our trains? Were they designed in Asia, where the average person is shorter and narrower than the average Aussie? I’m about average myself, but my knees still bump into the person seated opposite.”
“Well done to the 4.56 Mordialloc train driver on Monday for his superb announcements.”
“When will the vogue men wearing trousers that narrow down to the ankles end? It makes you all look like pixies. Get some straight legs, or flares, and man up!”
“To the chick on the Werribee last Tuesday who gave me death glares cos you thought I was perving/staring at you. I was actually staring at the piece of banana you managed to get caught in your hair.”
“It was shocking to see an inconsiderate man and his bike occupying three seats meant for people with special needs on a peak early morning train from Werribee to the city. I hope this is published as a deterrent to inconsiderate people such as this.”
Wow, those people of Melbourne have got some emotions going on, good and bad. As for that Werribee train, it all seems to be happening on there. Maybe I should catch that train sometime?
I’ve never been trying to find love on the Melbourne Metro but I love reading the comments of those who do. Thanks to these free commuter papers that uncomfortable ride after work is never boring.