February 14, 2004

Top 10 Things that I may or may not miss about riding to work on the bus everyday

#10. Standing and holding onto the handstrap because the new buses have only 28 seats that were designed for children, Japanese women and midgets.

#9. That pretty ponytailed redhead who always caught the 9:10 with a large Dunkin Donuts coffee and got off at the Dock Shopping Center. I wish I'd found an excuse to start up a conversation with her.

#8. Surly busdrivers who wouldn't let you on with a transfer that expired 2 minutes earlier even after you explained that it's because the other surly busdriver was running seven minutes ahead of schedule when he gave you the transfer.

#7. Ray and Kevin, two former U.S. Marine who put in 16 years of service and were living on the street. Good guys, though Kevin seemed to have a little dain bramage or something.

#6. Young ladies talking loudly to each other about boyfriends, lesbians and yeast infections.

#5. That Japanese woman who gets off at Brooklawn Avenue and moves her little legs twice as fast as I move mine just to keep 40 feet ahead of me while ocassionally looking back top make sure I wasn't getting too close. (Though after a few times of walking "with" me without incident she began to not be so fraidy scared.)

#4. Gaping in awe every morning at how the houses on Park Avenue turn from mansions to slums as soon as you cross North Avenue.

#3. Arriving at the bus terminal too late to catch the connection and having to stand around for an hour whilst other travellers tried to bum cigarettes off me every 90 frickin' seconds.

#2. Spending only $2.50 a day commuting as opposed to the $6 or $7 per day it costs for gasoline and car insurance.

And the #1 thing I may or may not miss about riding to work on the bus every day:

#1. Traffic lights. No more traffic lights! No more with the incessant stopping and going for traffic lights and stop signs, not to mention the picking up and letting off of passengers. I will be back on I-95 on Monday and cruising to work at 55mph. One vehicle, one occupant; no waiting!

Posted by Tuning Spork at February 14, 2004 07:39 PM


You were taking the bust to or through Milford? We should have communicated better, I probably could have gotten you off the bus sooner at least a few days a week.

What time do you hit I-95 and what color is the truck. If you're cruising along at 55 I want to know who to wave to as I blow by at 70!!

Posted by: Stephen Macklin at February 14, 2004 08:12 PM


I hit I-95 around 8:30 or 9:00 in a carmine red (dark red, almost a maroon) Chevy S-10 Blazer. If you spot one of those with a driver wearing an olive drab fatique coat and a jungle camoflage hunting hat then honk to the tune of "shave and a haircut" so I'll know it's you!

Posted by: Tuning Spork at February 14, 2004 09:03 PM

If you see a black jetta go by in a blur randomly honking - that's me!!

Posted by: Stephen Macklin at February 14, 2004 10:27 PM
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