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Annoying bus ride

The bus ride home is normally uneventful. Today? Not so much.

Got on the bus around 1800 leaving work in Bellevue and I walk to the back of the bus. In the back there is this woman stretched out across a bench that can seat three passengers. The ST 500 is a busy bus and usually there are more people than seats. You can tell there are passengers who want to sit down, they sort of give her some looks, but decide not to intervene. I mean, if something is being that rude, why do you want to sit next to them?

She then starts blabbing away to people in the back of the bus. You know, typical small talk. First question: has anyone here been in prison? Yeah, it went downhill from there. She ranted on and on about her time in prison, that there is a tunnel underneath Lake Washington, the sound is not polluted..., it went on like this for the entire trip. I almost got up and walked to the front of the bus, but I decided not to give her the satisfaction.

You see, she was playing in game. Match of wits and story telling to get attention. It's like she created a potential confrontation to gain attention for herself. Another person standing next to her finally asked if he could sit down and her response was so melodramatic (I just can't find another word for it) and offering praise for the guy willing to ask to have a seat. Just odd.

I closed my eyes and pretended to sleep all the way to the transit tunnel.

You can thank wwcitizen for the nudge to get me posting again, and that's all I'm sayin' for now. :)

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snowboardjoe
May. 13th, 2011 06:22 am (UTC)
Aside from a few annoying people, I love riding the bus between Bellevue and Seattle. Add to that Expedia pays for all public transit in the area. Win, win. I typically snooze for a bit on the ride home.
texwriterbear
May. 13th, 2011 11:18 am (UTC)
Good to hear from you Joe!!
spatts5
May. 13th, 2011 12:27 pm (UTC)
As a fellow bus rider, you never know what or who will be riding with you. Always makes for an interesting ride.
djmadadam
May. 15th, 2011 02:53 pm (UTC)
Mental illness is so inconvenient.

Seriously, though. It's like, what do you do with it when it's in its full, inconvenient glory? Do you just exercise patience and embrace it? Do you ignore it? The guy who didn't put up with her shit and told her to move over so he could sit down probably did the best thing for her and her mental illness of anyone there, and that was force her to subscribe to the same rules in public that everyone else has to. Because, while everyone else coddles and ignores the mentally ill, the mentally ill get to push limits and get away with shit that those who aren't mentally ill wouldn't THINK of doing because they don't have those kinds of loosened social boundaries.

Meanwhile, you just want to get home from work and not care. I get it.
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