Yep, I sometimes try to do this. With very different results.
On most days I can't read anything (important) from people. And it's frustrating. But yesterday, I think I did quite a good job. And I want to share it with you. To hear what you think about my observations and to encourage you to try the same and share it here with us. I will definitely continue to do it now and then, because I really had some great fun yesterday.
I had to wait at the tram station for about 10 minutes until my tram would arrive. It was dark, cold, wet and windy and there was nothing else to do. Btw I think public transportation is a rather good place to do deductions.
Here are some people and what I think I found out about them.
- a teenage boy, either on his way to or returning from doing some sports. Probably with a sheltered and functioning family background. Not exceedingly rich but not poor either.
I made these observations: I saw a teenage boy (~14 years old I guess). He had a bag with him. A bag you would typically put your sports things in. In a side bag a refillable drinking bottle was visible. He wore his winter jacket open, although it was rather cold and windy. So he either had a short way to the tram station or he was still feeling hot from the inside from the sports he had done. Then again his face wasn't sweaty at all and his hair was in good style. He was talking to someone on his smartphone. I thought for a moment "Hm, maybe he is one of those wannabe cool ghetto kids (sorry for the stereotyping), doing workout and styling his hair with gel, wearing his open jacket in a very casual way and a pair of those giant white 'ghetto' trainers with shoelaces bound very loose." But after a second look to his face, I thought "No, he looks quite innocent and actually like a nice and well behaving guy" which I thought had to be rather true after I took a closer look at his winter coat. It was from the brand Jack Wolfskin. This is a rather expensive and quality brand and I thought it fitting that he got it maybe from his caring parents who think that quality is important. Or that he was listening to the advice his parents gave him that he should buy this jacket. However, the family can't be poor. But the family can't be extremely rich, either. Because then, the boy wouldn't use the tram, but a parent or friend would surely drive him with the car in this weather.I was lucky in this case because I then overheard part of his conversation on the phone and got some of my observations confirmed. He was saying something like. "Yeah, I'm coming from sports now." and then "Yeah, ok see you then, grandpa."
So I really was right with the sports thing. (Although it was rather obvious with his sports bag.^^) In hindsight maybe he looked so well styled and not sweaty because he already took a shower at the sports hall and not planning to do that at home, which is what I would normally do. And a ~14 yo teenage boy talking so sweet to his grandpa - very probable that he lives in an intact and fairly good situated family.
- a young man (30-35 or so), with a foreign background, working in a bureau job, very likely in the financial (bank, stock exchange) or insurance sector. Returning home late from his work. Hard-working, not married, maybe concentrating on his career. He has already been working some time in this sector, but he hasn't come very far with his career, he is not extremely well paid. He is always using public transportation to go to work.
I got this from these observations: He came with the same train like me from Frankfurt and was changing to the same tram like me and sitting opposite me. You know about Frankfurt (aka London in smaller) with lots of business people working there? He was clean shaven, had short hair, clean hands and fingernails. He wore no ring on his fingers. He only had a laptop bag with him, wore clean black leather shoes, fine dark trousers, under his woolen jacket you could just see a chemise and a tie around his neck, so business man very obvious. Why foreign? I could tell of course by his looks, from South-Eastern Europe or the Middle East I would say. And in the tram he was phoning someone, but I couldn't identify the language. But whom was he talking to? As he spoke, as I presume, in his mother tongue, I think it was either family or friend (or girlfriend?). He is hard-working because it was already around 8:30 p.m., which is not the usual time to return home in this working sector. So he is either always working long and returning home late or he is working on an important project at the moment and is doing extra hours. Whatever it is, he is hard-working. Maybe he was out for a drink with a collegue after work before taking the train, but somehow my intuition said, that he wasn't. Ok, so hard-working, but he isn't earning the ridiculous big amount of money that is possible in this business. Why? His shoes looked clean but clearly worn. The thin shoelaces on these business shoes were even more thinned out and the shoeleather had visible creases/wrinkles/folds (?? what is the right term to use with shoeleather here? :D), both from long and constant wear so he is using them for quite a while. He hasn't bought new ones and he was using the train, wich he did on a regular base, because he didn't buy a ticket at the ticket machine, which had to mean he already had a job ticket or something like that. He can't have tons of money. Of course there is heavy traffic around Frankfurt and sometimes you are better off using public transport, but still I think, if he earned good money or was close to the top, he would use a car.Ok, and now at the end a curious observation: The case for his smartphone was bright purple. No idea what this could mean. Wow, this post is alreaddy much longer than I expected it to be. I've made another two deductions there. I will share them with you in another post.
Last edited by Rache (November 17, 2016 8:27 pm)