Sunday, November 24, 2013

Another adventurous bus ride from the city!

It's been a while since I've posted anything non-LIVE thoughts related, so I thought I'd give a little update on yesterday's adventure in New York City.  I went to the New York City Craft Beer Festival at the Lexington Armory with a couple of college friends and it was, as you might expect, a great time.  We had a lot of beer and, amazingly, everybody there was very well behaved.  After the festival we walked over to the Shake Shack and enjoyed some dinner while freezing our ass off sitting outside.  We capped off the evening by going to a nearby bar and having a couple of Angry Balls (ha!  No, but really....Angry Orchard hard cider mixed with Fireball cinnamon whiskey).  At about 7:00 I made my way back to the bus terminal to return to New Jersey.  And just like last time, it ended up being quite the adventure.

First and foremost, instead of pressing the "Stop Requested" button, people just started yelling out "STOP!" when they wanted to get off at the next stop.  And then, on top of that, the bus driver didn't even seen to know where half of the stops were.  He'd pass by them and people would have to yell (again) that they wanted to get off at the last stop, which he had just passed.  But perhaps the odd thing that happened was when this somewhat older gentleman -- probably in his 60's or so -- walked onto the bus.  He stood there on the stairs and just sorta stared at the bus driver.  He didn't really say anything and he certainly didn't look threatening.  He just stood there, as if he was going to say something.  Finally the driver said "can you please take a seat?"  The guy hesitated for a moment and then took a seat.  About two or so stops later he prepared to get off.  He once again stood near the bus driver and just stood there.  And finally, the driver asked if he was going to get off.  He again hesitated, and then got off the bus.  He then stood outside, on the curb, and stood by the door looking in.  He then put up his hand and waved as the doors closed.  It was extremely unusual.

So that was my adventurous ride home from the city.

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