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DCnDC
03-02-2010, 08:01 AM
I ride the DC Metro to and from work every day(Red line), and every time I'n on the train I see a bunch of people get on with luggage. I'm not talking about a small carry-on bag, I mean full-out luggage. For the most part they're not getting off at Union Station to catch a train or Gallery Place to tranfer trains to go to the airport, they get on and off at almost every stop. They can't all be tourists(especially not at 630A), and many of them I see every day, so they're not here from out of town on business. What the hell are people taking to work they need so much of? What happened to briefcases and gym bags? Do people really need to walk around all day with so much stuff? Is this just a DC thing or do people do this everywhere?

jayjay
03-02-2010, 08:08 AM
We do this almost every time we go to DC, because we're usually taking Amtrak in, then taking the metro to the closest stop to our hotel, then walking the rest of the way.

DCnDC
03-02-2010, 08:12 AM
Out-of-towners understand. But people I see on there with luggage every day? I don't understand what they need so much stuff for.

Ravenman
03-02-2010, 08:15 AM
I've seen a good number of attorneys who move their files about in the rolling suitcases that one might put in the overhead bin of an airplane. I suppose if they'd rather work at home than stay late in their office, it makes a lot of sense to roll their case files around.

Omar Little
03-02-2010, 08:21 AM
? to the OP: Just to be clear, your are seeing the same people every day with luggage getting on and off the metro at stops that would not correspond with transfers to Union Station or one of the airports?

If so, your best bet in getting an answer, would be stop one of them and ask them.

DCnDC
03-02-2010, 08:23 AM
? to the OP: Just to be clear, your are seeing the same people every day with luggage getting on and off the metro at stops that would not correspond with transfers to Union Station or one of the airports?

Correct.

jayjay
03-02-2010, 09:10 AM
Out-of-towners understand. But people I see on there with luggage every day? I don't understand what they need so much stuff for.

Okay, I misunderstood your OP...I didn't realize you were talking about people you see every day doing this.

Sailboat
03-02-2010, 09:18 AM
Have you thought much about luggage, DCnDC? (http://www.moviewavs.com/php/sounds/?id=gog&media=WAVS&type=Movies&movie=Joe_Versus_The_Volcano&quote=luggage.txt&file=luggage.wav)

edit: warning, sound when link is opened (conversational speech)

blondebear
03-02-2010, 09:25 AM
I've seen this on the Light Rail system here in San Jose. A number of the luggage dragging folks appear to be homless/street people.

TruCelt
03-02-2010, 09:36 AM
Going to the gym? Got your work laptop to lug around? Maybe some files to work on tonight? Wanna get some groceries on the way home? Have a long walk ahead of you? Got a back problem? Did you need a big coat this morning but not so much tonight? It's the modern equivalent of my Grandmother's wheeled wicker basket.

Basically, think of these as the trunks of their "cars." What would have to haul around if you weren't driving it around? As the Mother of a Toddler, I don't even want to think about it.

Robot Arm
03-02-2010, 10:02 AM
They're congressional staffers smuggling a senator home one piece at a time to rebuild him in their garage.

jayjay
03-02-2010, 10:46 AM
They're congressional staffers smuggling a senator home one piece at a time to rebuild him in their garage.

They're gonna have a '58/'64/'70/'76/'82/'88/'94/'00/'06 Byrd...

Caffeine.addict
03-02-2010, 10:54 AM
Which Metro stops are you seeing this in. How are they attired? Do they look homeless or otherwise down on their luck, or are they professionally attired?

Mr. Moto
03-02-2010, 11:01 AM
They're gonna have a '58/'64/'70/'76/'82/'88/'94/'00/'06 Byrd...

He only has one tailfin.

DCnDC
03-02-2010, 11:47 AM
Which Metro stops are you seeing this in. How are they attired? Do they look homeless or otherwise down on their luck, or are they professionally attired?

These are definitely not homeless people. They are all very well dressed professionals. All along the Red line I'm seeing this, even on the bus. They get off at all the downtown stops, Metro Center, Gallery Place, Judiciary Square, Farragut North, all the way to Bethesda and Medical Center(where I get off). They can't all be going to the airport.

Gary T
03-02-2010, 12:10 PM
How much luggage? Are we talking one fair-sized piece, one huge piece, or a full set? If it's one fair-sized piece, then besides the suggestions already listed I will mention that I often see pharmaceutical reps using one (like one of the two smaller ones here (http://dpifestival.com/wp-content/uploads/2009/04/luggage.jpg)) to carry their samples when visiting doctors' offices.

Ravenman
03-02-2010, 12:15 PM
These are definitely not homeless people. They are all very well dressed professionals. All along the Red line I'm seeing this, even on the bus. They get off at all the downtown stops, Metro Center, Gallery Place, Judiciary Square, Farragut North, all the way to Bethesda and Medical Center(where I get off). They can't all be going to the airport.Do you think they are attorneys?

DCnDC
03-02-2010, 12:15 PM
Sometimes it's like that, often times it's the big one, with smaller bags stacked up the pull handle. I'm just curious why people feel the need to carry around so much stuff. I work in a professional environment, I have activities after/during work, I deal with files and papers all day, and yet I take nothing to or from work, save for my clipboard occasionally.

DCnDC
03-02-2010, 12:18 PM
Do you think they are attorneys?

This being DC, I'm sure at least some of them are, but I don't think they could all be, even here. They can't all be students either.

Pray for peace
03-02-2010, 08:41 PM
I would guess that some of them are going to be catching a flight mid-day or at the end of the day for a meeting the next day. Some people travel all the time for business, so they might be bringing a suitcase several days per week. As mentioned above, they may also have a big suitcase-like bag of documents or sales materials, too.

Hello Again
03-02-2010, 08:59 PM
I wonder if you're not seeing flight attendants? I live in a neighborhood popular with cabin crews, as I am near 2 major NYC airports and the JetBlue headquarters. They are usually going around in a dress coat over their uniform, groomed & you really can;t tell they're wearing a uniform under the coat -- and they always have their wheelie bags with them. A lot of times, in cities other than their home city, they just have a "crashpad" which is basically an apartment loads of flight attendants share hotbunk fashion because each is only there 4 days of every month. If you see certain people regularly but not daily, that would be my guess. Look for employee ID tags on the luggage.

But flight attendants don't carry those HUGE wheelies that you could stuff Dick Cheney in, so I dunno.

ZomZom
03-03-2010, 09:04 AM
I work in a large federal office building in DC and see this all the time, in the halls, cafeteria, etc. Many federal office buildings are stuffed to the gills and people are lucky to have the same cubicle from one day to the next, much less have their own office. The luggage is basically all their stuff that would normally be left in a desk at night. This is especially true of contract staff.