Here I was at the bus stop, with a few interesting characters, and I didn't even know how much the bus was. I had to take out my PDA and look it up. It was $1.35 each way...cool, I got this (so, I thought). Once I got on the bus I thought I would read my latest book. Not so much. I sat in the very front (this seemed to be safest for someone who hasn't taken a bus in a decade) with a few other colorful characters. Right next to me was a man that had alcohol for breakfast and a few seats down was a woman who forgot to take her medication for breakfast. She commented about everyone on the bus. As Latinos got on/off the bus she yelled "Hola" and 'Adios" (not in a friendly way). She asked a nice young woman who appeared to be from Nigeria if she lived in a shelter (what???). She asked an Ethiopian woman if she was from Pakistan or Ethiopia? HUH??? I laughed out loud on this one. She then asked if they were (Pakistan and Ethiopia) close together, the woman of course said no. She then had a very loud and disturbing conversation with another man about something, but I can't really remember what. Whew...that was a long 25 minutes but when it was over I felt like, I have to do this again, this was fun. I caught the bus home and the next day, more of the same. Although on my return trip the next day I had words with a different crazy lady.
I was on the phone with my mother (again in the front seats) and a pregnant woman, who happened to be Ethiopian, got on the bus. We said Selam and I proceeded to get out of my seat for her to sit down (she was pregnant for goodness sakes). Instead of letting her sit down a woman decided she was going to jump in my seat...she knew I wasn't getting up for her. I turned around and told her I wasn't getting up for her, I was getting up for the other woman to sit down. She told me SO. I said okay GET UP! She said the seat was for elderly and priority, I told her the woman was pregnant (the woman was about 50, not old, just mean), she said SO. I was heated. Of course the woman looked like it's okay, it's okay. Meanwhile my mother is on the phone saying Tami be nice, she knows I am on an "interesting" bus. I told the woman she was just rude and inconsiderate. She proceeded to tell me she didn't care and then started calling me fancy pants (I had on my suit and did look very nice! LOL...hater!) Finally, a nice young lady next to the crazy lady got up for the woman to sit down. My job was done and I moved to the back.
I can see why people don't take the bus but it is less expensive and less walking for me depending on where I have to go. I'm a big gurl, can handle myself and the haters but whew...that was an experience. I hope I don't have to do that too often! Maybe I'll walk the extra 17 minutes next time. :-)