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public transport – beginning, middle, end

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He feels three things on his way home, late Friday night.

First he feels menaced at the bus stop because there are packs of drunken youths around and for some reason (because he is big, something else – because he looks like the sort of guy that it would be worth fucking up – little do they know how worthlessly with the grain of things it would be) is absolutely sure they’re going to come over to where he is and start something. He has learned not to smoke at bus stops at night – it only draws the attention of kids like these.

Later, he feels frustrated when another group of youths board his bus and argue with the bus driver about Oyster Cards and fares for about ten minutes, delaying the journey. Something in him has always made him feel like it’s his duty to intervene in situations like this – but again, he seems to be the right sort to fight it out with, and four on one is no good. Thankfully, a middle-aged woman with a strong West Indian accent shouts them down for having no respect for their elders and they leave. One of them spits on his window as the bus pulls away.

Finally, he feels disgust with England mixed with a overwhelming sense of fear when, as the bus nears his stop, the driver slows down because a man has fallen over dead drunk, legs on the sidewalk, head on the street right where the bus is meant to go. Some kids – themselves drunk – run up and lift the guy onto the bus stop bench. He does fucking nothing, walks home.

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February 13, 2010 at 1:27 am

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  1. Very nice, has the air of truth about it,
    same thing happened in Seattle except the hooligans
    beat up the bus driver and got away.


    February 13, 2010 at 1:41 am

  2. Thanks Michael… Here the bus driver is protected by a plexiglass partition. In fact the phrase “Big words from a man behind glass” was yelled at least once in the course of the confrontation.


    February 13, 2010 at 8:22 pm

  3. There’s a lot to be said against Seattle in some respects, the weather except the best summers, the dullness of the people, its provincialism, but it has the best bus service in the entire u.s.a., and occasional driver, unprotected, from brookly… whom i embrace on hearing his brooklyn brogue. people say thank you to their drivers! and the drivers say thank you. that is one of this regions nice features.


    February 13, 2010 at 8:27 pm

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