Looking down on the ferry

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As I stood in the crowded line to get on the ferry heading to San Francisco, I looked up and around and saw a sea of humans looking down at their phones. I wondered to myself, does everyone have neck problems? Are chiropractors making a killing thanks to our smartphone addiction? Are we disconnected or overstimulated?

The ferry arrived at the dock and the line started to move. I felt like a cow being herded. I also felt if I didn’t immediately move forward with this sea of humans I would get run over. At every opportunity someone passed me or stepped in front of me, in a rush to get on the ferry.

It’s quiet on the ferry. Everyone is looking down at their phones as am I while I type this with my two thumbs.

Feeling disconnected on this connected boat as I look out the blurred window while we pass by San Quentin State Prison and I think about all the ways we humans can be trapped.

All these random thoughts happening at the same time as I am feeling incredibly grateful to have such a beautiful commute.

3 thoughts on “Looking down on the ferry

  1. Suzanna Stinnett

    My sister and I are going on the ferry tomorrow. I was just looking up the ferry schedules (from Sausalito).

    We won’t see the prison from our viewpoint — well, except for Alcatraz.

    I love your description of other people looking at their phones which you describe while looking at your phone. I love taking pictures of people taking pictures too.

    Feeling connected because you chose to talk about your feelings on the ferry through your device. *Little trick: I’m learning to dictate to myself more, then I don’t have to be typing on the little bitty brick. I just use the microphone feature in my email, it transcribes it and I email it to myself. Amazing!*

  2. William Callahan

    I’m new to Marin County, and recently began riding the Larkspur San Francisco ferry (I’m in San Rafael), and while searching for more information about the ferry times I came across this post and couldn’t help but stop for a comment.

    I personally can attest to the medical issues related to our mobile phone usage that’s exploded over the past decade. I’m tall (6’3″), so perhaps it is accentuated for me, but I have developed a sharp pain over the last few years in my neck and upper back, that is worsened, and possibly caused, by holding electronics in the hunched over way I/we do. Perhaps this is just one more for the list of reasons to limit our phone usage!

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