I agree on the Ne overdrive. I wonder if others of you share my tendency to just completely detach and pretend not to be there? the only time I feel comfortable walking through a city crowd is when I'm listening to music, loudly. Then I'm able to pretend that I'm in an advanced cinema and the people around aren't really that close, aren't really that real. Then they can be dealt with as a single unit instead of a thousand impressions.
I can totally relate to this. I love going out for walks on my own but I can't do it if I don't have loud music blearing in my ears. Then I just go into my own little daydreamy world and become completely deteatched to everything around me. And when I get to that point I hate walking through crowds. I can't stand them being in my thinking space.
Another interesting thing (well interesting to me at least) is that my friends will always want to sit down on a bench and talk whereas I tire of my suroundings quickly and insist we walk and talk instead. And then they can't get over how fast I go!