I am sitting on the #71 tram, very near to the front of the first car. Behind me are three full cars, filled with soft chatter. I am watching the world go by, and not engaging with anyone on the tram.
We pull up to the tram stop, and I hear noises of people shuffling off the tram. This is typical.
And then suddenly, there is silence.
The tram doors are closed, and the tram is moving, but there is not an iota of chatter. So I turn around, and see, for the first time in my life, a nearly empty tram:
The #71 had pulled up to a major subway stop, and all but two of us on the tram had alighted to take the subway!
For a moment, though, I wondered what had happened . . . .