Wednesday, February 13, 2008

Collective Pontifications of a Ginrod

Taking the bus every morning is quite the sociological observation. Raised in Tulsa, public transportation is almost non-existent and everyone is handed a set of car keys the moment they turn 16. With cars for $500 used, and petrol the lowest in the country, buses and taxi's were used by "the retards who couldn't drive a car".
I found myself quite irritated this morning getting on to the number 47 bus. It was completely full with only standing room in the back. The first thing I noticed was that despite the bus being completely full, all the windows were closed. In fact, until I opened up a window in the center of the bus, everyone was quietly sitting wrapped up in their coats, in a humid and damp environment. Fresh air people. It does us all good.
Sometimes the bus driver forgets to open the back door for passengers to exit. This morning wasn't the first time I've witnessed a passenger dumbfoundly wait and wait then start yelling "Naag Naag (driver)" as the bus begins to pull away. As one who uses the bus often, It's pretty obvious a regular bus stop may only be 10 seconds, I can't get it through my head that people are so conditioned to wait for the door to open instead of immediately walking to the front of the bus. In fact, this morning- another woman had to suggest to the waiting passenger to walk to the front. It was only then- after the bus was pulling away that this made sense to the women.
On another note, my brother is soon to be releasing his split cd with My Pal Foot. It's all in Japanese. Which is totally cool, since we grew up speaking Swahili in the home.
Check out the alias pail MySpace for some samples.


At 2/13/2008 10:33 PM, Blogger lauren said...

Girl I totally know what you mean about taking the bus! I had never had to take public trans until I moved out to CA. It is very interesting to watch the people and them have no clue what to do when something goes wrong or whatever. It makes me laugh a little.


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