Thursday, 7 October 2010

A ride on the bus...

This morning I had to come to work on the bus, taking the same one as Number One Son who now goes to school in Canterbury.

We were among the first to get on the bus, and as we travelled he told me about some of the regulars as they came aboard.


Bluetooth Woman - pushes her way onto the bus and then has "private" phone conversations via her ear-piece.  Everyone on the bus knows all about her private life.  They also hear her complain that the bus is arriving after 8am.  Funny, that.  It is SUPPOSED to arrive after 8am - if she really wants to arrive BEFORE 8am she should get an earlier bus!


Bad Parent Woman - wants people to feel sorry for her because her children are out of control.  Her conversation is punctuated with her telling her poor kids to "f-ing shut up" or "f-ing sit down".


iPod Kid - the kid who wants everyone on the bus to hear how bad his taste in "music" is.


Annoying Businessman - the guy in the expensive suit who seems to have lost his driving license for drink-driving and now has to travel with normal people.


Judgemental Kid That No One Will Sit With - the one who sits at the back, watching everyone else with a very serious expression on his face.  People will stand for half an hour rather than sit next to or opposite him.  Oh, this is Number One Son!  He likes the space that this effect gives him.



We had a great trip - certainly the most enjoyable bus ride to work I have ever had...

9 comments:

agg79 said...

You can meet the most interesting characters on the bus (or train). If you are really devious, you could make it a point to mess with these people (like bluetooth woman). I like judgemental kid's approach. A serious/crazy look will get you lots of space. He must get that from his parents...

terri said...

I used to ride the bus to work, way back before I had kids. Seems the only open seat when I got on was always in front of the woman who barked. (Nope. I'm not kidding. She would just start barking sometimes.) Sounds like judgmental kid has bus riding all figured out!

Rock Chef said...

Agg79 - Mrs RC tries it, but people just sit next to her and talk like they are old friends!

Terri - We have a term over here - "Barking Mad"!

wigsf said...

Love the quotes on the word music.

I used to regularly ride the bus. On that bus, there were some regulars. This one woman, young lady she was. You could tell by looking at her that she was of Italian ancestry. Getting off the bus in the Italian part of town didn't hurt either. She was always quiet. Except one day. This would have been four and a half years ago, during the World Cup. She was wearing headphones. Me, also being Italian, I knew there was a game currently being played. Although she was quietly listening to her quiet headphones, it became obvious that she was listening to a radio broadcast of the game because all of a sudden, on the quiet bus, she jumped up and yelled "GOAL! 1 nil Italy!"

TechnoBabe said...

Maybe you and son could travel together on the bus more often.

Rock Chef said...

Wigsf - Love it when someone lets down their guard like that!

TechnoBabe - Yes, I could get used to it, to be honest!

Claire said...

I'd like to take judgmental son to the beach with me next summer - we would have so much fun!!!!! Yesterday I was shopping in Target and happen to be following a woman who was discussing her family problems on the cell phone as she shopped --- really!!! I was going to interrupt her and ask her to repeat the last sentence as I was writing everything down for a sitcom I'm writing - wonder if it would have stopped her?

Rock Chef said...

Claire - So long as I can tag along too - I can see that you two would be a lot of fun to listen to!

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