Living in a large city like Moscow provides me with a truly unique, twice-daily encounter with a random segment of 7 million other daily subway commuters. As part of this journey I am often thrown face to face with the subway’s sundry performers, sellers of random crap and beggars. I’d say there are approximately 2-5 individuals who I observe engaged in some sort of attention-grabbing activity every day, so I’ve been witness to a wide spectrum of skill and determination.
Today for the first time it occurred to me how compelling people to spare a little change and stick around for a few seconds is a lot like getting people to sign up and pay for some service online. The intense boredom of a long subway ride got me dwelling on this for a little too long and here are the results.