Wednesday, June 29, 2011

The Wheels on the Bus

Pin It This is a bit off-topic - not weight loss or fitness related at all...

I've had a friend warn me in the past not to make "bus friends" (y'all probably know her as Anonymous "Ann").  Unfortunately / fortunately I have "one of those faces" that seems to make people want to talk to me.  Grocery clerks, people at bus stops, people in airports, etc.  Don't get me wrong, I have met some lovely people on the bus and would not give back the time I have had with them on my commutes over the years, but I have also met some wackadoodles on the bus - the guy with no teeth who all of a sudden starts calling me by name (huh???), the lady who screams at people who try and sit next to her, the stoned kid at the bus stop always asking for bus tickets or change - if you have a ticket, he'll give you change, if you have change, he'll give you a ticket...strange, wackadoodles.  Recently I have changed my working hours so I have also changed the buses I take.  I have to say, I am quite enjoying not having any bus friends.  I find I need that time in the morning to brace myself for the day and the time in the afternoon to unwind from the day.  I listen to music, podcasts or read a book/magazine...sometimes I just people watch.  The peace is nice.  I hate to say it, but I don't want to make any bus friends on my new buses.  I would like to remain anonymous.  Does that sound rude??  I don't mean to be stuck up.  I don't think I'm better than the other people on the bus... I am just enjoying the peace and quiet of it all. 

Are you an anonymous commuter?  Do you have a "talk to me" kinda face? 


Anonymous said...

I am so proud of you.

At least in all your bus travels you did not become a 'bus bunny' aka the girl/woman who sits at the front of the bus and talks to everyone including the driver!

I agree, it is best to use the time to relax to prepare for the day or de-stress on your way home. I think the IPOD is the greatest invention, especially best when used on bus travels.

My rant for today...Just saying...
AKA Ann or Anonymous (until Tanya shows me how to use this thing.

Tanya said...

Yes, the iPod is a wonderful invention... even if you don't turn it on! Also pretending to be asleep deters people :-)

I will set you up and take away your anonymity when I come over :-)

Debbi Does Dinner Healthy said...

Too funny. I couldn't imagine just engaging in random conversation while on the bus, and if I did say something, I would be able to discern if the person didn't want to continue. My commute consists of my bed, to the bathroom to the front door at 5am. So no room for conversation so I really can't relate. I can predict that I would be someone who would most certainly want to just chill and not want to talk though. :-)