Before Perú Bus Life

Another One Bites the Dust.

January 7, 2015

An elderly gentleman in a motorized wheelchair was crossing the road next to me this evening. He had a radio on him that was blaring “Another One Bites the Dust.”


It made my night.

. . . . .

The bus ride home was packed! So many people were catching their ride home from work.

I shared a seat. I haven’t shared a seat since… the first day(?) on public transportation two months ago. Wow.

How do you choose who to sit next to?

No clue, but there were four or five empty seats clumped in the same area. I noticed a guy my age reading a book and thought he’d be pleasant to sit next to. Sure enough, he was. He read his kindle the whole time. He didn’t cough my way or blow his nose. He didn’t make a phone call. He didn’t step on my gym bag on the floor as he left. And he offered a kind, “Have a nice evening.” He did one of those nods like a cowboy does when they say “‘Evenin’ Ma’am.” Very cordial. It was like we were bus seat buddies.

I very much like being treated politely and not be coughed on.




A view of the mountains with pinky skies.

A view of the mountains with pinky skies.

Here comes the bus! Yay, I can start dethawing.

Here comes the bus! Yay, I can start dethawing.

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  • Reply Bear January 8, 2015 at 4:24 pm

    I usually look for the person who actually puts effort into keeping the seat next to them empty. Their bag is on their lap instead of the seat next to them. Or a person I see regularly and smile and nod to with a, “Morning,” on occasion. Another good indicator of a person looking for a seat buddy is whether or not they’re paying attention to you as you’re boarding. If they’re staring out the window they most likely don’t want to sit next to you, but if they’re looking up at you then they’re probably friendly.

    If all else fails I look for the person doing exactly what I want to do: quietly reading.

    • Reply Sam January 10, 2015 at 7:55 am

      I mostly try to be anti-social but ya just never know what kind of fun conversation might spark if you share a seat!

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