Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Monday, November 15, 2010

#4 - northbound, noon

I left work at noon because I had an appointment at 1 p.m. The bus was scheduled to arrive at 12:09 -- it was more like 12:12. On the bus was the woman with three young kids I used to see on my other bus when I lived in a different neighborhood. At that time, she had a boy and girl. Today she had the older girl and a younger girl. And a big stroller. Another woman got on with a backpack with wheels and a handle. The bus was relatively crowded, but there were a few empty seats.

A few stops later, a couple got on a with a young girl. The mom sat with the girl behind me who asked  
Where are we going? The mom told her we were on the bus.
Why are we stopped?
We have to pick the other people up. 

An elderly woman in a wheelchair boarded the bus. She had a white fur coat, a red-black-and-gold hat, and an electric wheelchair. Everyone in the front set of seats, including a young woman on crutches, had to move. One woman, with three bags of groceries, sat next to the woman with the two girls and offered to hold one of the girls in her lap. The driver told the mom that the stroller needed to be moved so that the elderly woman had room to turn her wheelchair around. I don't know where to put it, she said a few times, before someone else offered to hold it in the aisle.

Two stops later, a woman with a full shopping cart started to board the bus. Then she turned around and got off.

For the rest of the trip, the little girl behind me cried out whenever the bus stopped at a light or bus stop: Uh-oh, we aren't going. Go, schoolbus, go! When the bus started moving again, she cried Whee, we're going fast!

The elderly woman, the mom with the stroller, and a bunch of other people got off at 4th & Broadway. Bye, people! The little girl behind me cried.

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