This had me grinning all the way to work - which was good, because, thanks to this very incident, that journey took far longer that it should have. Thankfully, my bosses are freakin' legends.
I was on my way to catch a bus, when I realized I'd have to run to catch the son of a bitch. So I'm running, straight at the bus (that is to say, on the sidewalk parallel to the road, I didn't bull-charge the seven-ton bus), indicating I would like him to stop sometime soon.
The git of a driver either didn't see me until too late or didn't care. I'd normally assume the former, but this time, one of the neighborhood kids, hopped off his scooter to try and stop the bus for me. The driver ignored him, and either didn't see or decided to ignored me too.
So I'm mildly pissed (seriously, how do you not see a teenager practically launch himself in front of your bus?) and I thank the guy for trying to help. At this point I almost lost it.
"Man, what a smart-arse," observed the first kid, about fourteen or fifteen.
His younger friend (about twelve) thought for a moment, then said: "You know, bus drivers can be such fuck-heads."
I almost laughed my ass off. So I just hung out with the kids until the next bus (which meanders like a drunken snake navigating a hedge-maze) and chatted with them.
That's gonna stay with me for awhile: "You know, bus drivers can be such fuck-heads." Gyahaaha!
A bit of background though, guys. I'm usually quite civil to bus drivers, and I've even had hour long conversations with them (which is actually illegal I think) as they drove my dependent ass around. I usually respect them. The problem comes when they don't respect others. People can make a lot of excuses for them, and like I said I respect them and am grateful for their service, but ultimately the only group I see them act like utter jars of the salty juicing from a freshly used vagina towards is young people.
I still look young, so I still have to deal with haughty, offensive bus drivers that don't realize how close I am to belting them in the head and challenging them to get a better lawyer.
But that's an improvement on what I used to deal with as a younger person.
So, bus drivers ARE fuckheads to kids. No, he wasn't being rude or inappropriate (right, inappropriate, didn't we cover this one?). I've been falsely accused of vandalism, of ringing the bell over and over again, and more. To him, a lot of them probably are what he said they are.
Many of the drivers are fantastic. Most of them that I encounter now are pleasant and do their best to deliver a service while the transit authority screws them around with nightmarish split-shifts and rigid schedules.
Still, that little, pithy statement that boy made just brightened up my day. So naive and yet so frustrated. So damn correct.
Yes indeed, sometimes, bus drivers can be such fuck-heads. Good on ya, mate.
Totally made my day, kid.
6 years, 7 months ago
20 Feb 2012 07:59 CET