I ride the bus to work every day. Luckily for me, the closest bus stop is a brisk two-minute walk so I leave the house three minutes before it’s scheduled to depart. I am a terror in the morning and usually running late. I didn’t used to own a Calvin & Hobbes t-shirt with Calvin yawning and the words ‘I HATE MORNINGS’ for nothing. I truly hate mornings. I really do.
What if the bus leaves early, I hear you ask. Well, my bus stop is the first on the route to the city centre. This ensures that I always get a seat and most days, my choice of seat. There are normally plenty but the 'summer schedule' buses contain fewer seats. This makes no sense whatsoever because it always fills up as usual and many patrons are left to stand.
At the start of summer, I noticed a series of cartoons on the windows and backs of the seats to point out what we should or shouldn’t be doing when riding the Kolumbus. So here goes:
The giant rabbit - let’s call him ‘Elegant Rabbit’ of Easter chocolate fame - is seen reading his card aloud while the pudgy dog (I still say a small bear, but Andrea begs to differ) says “I’m not sure that’s what they mean”. The joke, my friends, is that the sign on the bus saying, ‘Please read the card’ refers to scanning it on the card reader before sitting down.
Granny Marie is seen tracing over some red graffiti with a black pen, presumably to cover it up. But Granny, you can still see it! That’s five minutes of your life you’ll never get back. She does have an angry look about her though, so for all we know she’s doing the tracing just to reinforce the adage we all know too well – School Sux. The young boy peeking his head up looks guilty, so she should put her pen away and give him a slap across the back of the head. Lesson learned.
This one is obviously a huge sticking point because the exclamation mark says it all! Pudgy dog won’t give up his seat, saying “No, it’s not free! Here is my good friend, Louis Vuitton”. I can say from personal experience that people are ALWAYS doing this. It’s never a problem for me other than when smokers get on and sit next to me because the person across has their bag on the seat. The stench of a fresh cigarette is not what I need first thing in the morning! What peeves me even more is when a person takes the aisle seat, thus blocking the window seat for no reason at all.
There are other cartoons but I thought I’d just give you a snippet. Riding the bus is not fun at the best of times but if everyone followed these simple rules, the transit world would be a better place.