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Friday, 26 July 2013

Don't worry, I didn't need the bus, just the exercise

It's one thing to run for your bus and just not get to the stop in time to get on. It's another thing to run for your bus, make eye contact with the driver, get to the stop in time to stand outside the closed door and still have the bus driver drive off without you.

Don't worry, I wasn't trying to get on the bus...
I was doing interval training...
by the bus loop...
in the blazing sun...
in flip flops...
with a backpack. At least, I can totally see why the bus driver would think that ... Ass. Hole.

Monday, 22 July 2013

Standing is hard 2: So is my elbow

I accidentally clocked a guy in the head with my elbow on the skytrain today. It was actually an accident, not my usual passive-aggressive "accidental" bumping into idiots in my way. Also, clocked may be a bit strong. My elbow and his face certainly made contact; it was hard enough to feel, but not hard enough to hurt. Still, I felt bad ... briefly.

Then I realized how his face ended up in my elbow. I was getting up to leave the train, and so I was putting on my backpack. My elbow naturally swung out a little and that's when I felt his face. I assumed he was also getting off the train and I just hadn't seen him line up behind me. Oops, my bad, right? Wrong! He was literally trying to duck under my arm and practically slide right underneath me into the seat I was vacating.

Seriously...he was so desperate for that seat that he couldn't even wait until I was out of the way, never mind off the train. Plenty of seats were clearing, as many people were getting off at this stop, and he was already ahead of anyone boarding there for seats because he was on the train. That's some serious lazy that would rather take an elbow to the head than stand or even take a 'less desirable' seat.

Gimme a brake

I'm convinced that there are some bus drivers who have never actually ridden a bus before. Particularly those who like to slam on their brakes at every bus stop and red light. Have you never driven this route before? Did the bus stop sneak up on you? Or have you just never heard of gradual deceleration? Maybe that's not something they teach in Bus Driving 101. I guess it's not that important; it's not like any of us are trying to keep our balance and not fall over on these things, right?

Wednesday, 17 July 2013

One for those of you in cars...

A piece of common sense advice which is all too often ignored: if you drive a compact car, sedan, basically anything smaller than a semi, you should avoid cutting off an articulated bus full of people careening down a large hill.

If you don't quite make it and the bus plows into you, it would certainly be uncomfortable, disturbing and inconvenient for those of us on the bus. But let's face it, we're on a vehicle the size of 2 buses and you're in a car; the outcome is going to be so much worse for you.

Friday, 5 July 2013

Neon Ninja

You may have heard it said that breakfast is the most important meal of the day. Well, I think this girl must have skipped breakfast and thus her brain wasn't operating at full power when she dressed herself this morning. That's the only explanation I can come up with for why she thought this ninja-inspired footwear was a good choice.