Dec 9, 2008

Get On The Bus


I love public transportation. I can even tolerate the times when it's crowded, or smelly, etc. etc. One reason is I think it's a way to cut back on polluting the earth. I also think the fare here in CT ($1.25) is very reasonable. What I really dig is the overheard conversations and spontaneous situations that go on. Here is a sampling:

Elderly woman gets on the bus. She is all of 4'5" tall. Wrapped in layers of clothing, it was really cold that day. She takes her seat, looks around and starts to hum what seemed like a gospel tune. Than the spirit hits her and she feel compelled to testify:

"I got JESUS with me! Yes, the lord is taking care of me. I am blessed people. You all need to pray and thank the lord. I got my nails done, I got my radio at home. I'll settle in and lock my bedroom door. My husband has his own bedroom. I have no need for him after 25 years. I'm married to Jesus now. The only man I want to hook up with if it aint Jesus, is Obama. Obama! Obama! Obama!"

Many of my fellow passengers, myself included chuckled and smiled at each other. One middle-aged woman then said "Amen, I'd like to hook up with Obama too!"

To which the elderly women replied "Yes, sister!" while she looked at her freshly painted, fire engine red, nails.

4 comments:

Kitty said...

I think it is hard for people who haven't been lifelong riders of mass transit to understand the greatness involved in riding along with their fellow man when little outbursts like that happen. It makes for a great day in the neighborhood, it really does.

Junior said...

Allan, you know I normally agree with you but I hate the bus nowadays. The proliferation of cell phones and iPods have made these cute little moments all but disappear... Or maybe it's just Manhattan. I'm so bitter...

Joie Mayfield said...

I absolutely LOVE mass transit! However, here in the middle of BD nowhere, we don't have it. lol. :) Thank you for making my night with your story! :) I hope you're doing well.

Wonder Man said...

cute