When the Bus Driver Has Something to Say

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Today’s perfect moment comes courtesy of my bus driver. In what I believe to be a rare feat, he took to the bus P.A. system to editorialize our ride home.  Don’t get me wrong, the P.A. system does get used, albeit occasionally, to inform us of delays or to kindly and unkindly urge us to step away from the doors so they can close.  Several times last year the system was used to announce that this bus was “broken” (sorry if I am being a bit technical here) and I would need to give up my hard won seat to board the next, and incredibly crowded, bus to continue the trip to work or home.

What was the editorializing about? Well, it wasn’t about people taking up more seats than they should.  I wasn’t about pigs depositing garbage on the bus, and much to my dismay it wasn’t to chastise patrons for their poor taste in music and their inability to use their headphone.  I also should note, that since this was Canada, there were not political themes that seem so prevalent in the news today.  Even our young superstar Prime minister didn’t get a nod–and he’s at some big UN event tonight.

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Where the editorial began


Instead, the bus driver articulated his disdain for the roadwork completed along the route. It went something like this.

I am sorry ladies and gentlemen about the bump in the road. That bump used to be on the other side of the road, but they decided to move it to this side.  I guess they thought you would enjoy the bump more on your way home from work than on your way to work.  Maybe next year they will move it to the centre.  Maybe they will put a few more of them in.

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Maybe he took a break at the end of the shift


You can imagine there was a fair bit of sarcasm included in that. Being a lover of sarcasm, and an admirer of someone who wants to buck the system strictly on principal, I can nothing less than nominate this little diatribe, this editorial on wheels, this outburst…whatever it should be called, for Today’s Perfect Moment.


About Anthony

I am: equal parts rebel, romantic and shockingly average Joe. a writer trapped inside of an ESL teacher's body. an introverted attention seeker. a teacher who hopes one day to be called "Captain, my Captain." an intellectual who can do some very dumb things. a person whose Japan experience, despite being so long ago, still exerts a strong influence upon him. a lover of books, music, beer, hockey and Pizza.
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3 Responses to When the Bus Driver Has Something to Say

  1. bgddyjim says:

    Lucky he didn’t go much further, lest that superstar’s administration label it hate speech and “fomenting bad feelings” or something silly. 😉

    • Anthony says:

      You’re right. The road to political correctness is filled with potholes. Everyone on the bus laughed, but I imagine some exec sitting in an office gritted his or her teeth.

  2. hmunro says:

    Ha ha! I *adore* your bus driver. Thank you for sharing this particularly droll Perfect Moment.

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