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Adventures on Public Transportation II

I knew I was cutting it close this morning and not giving myself quite enough time to get to the bus. Maybe I could have saved 30 seconds if I’d worn regular shoes and not my wedge sandals. But it’s sunny! And warm! And I wanted to be cute for the first time in months by wearing cute shoes!

I think my first warning should have been when Dave asked if I was taking the bus today, and I said, “I’m going to try.” Some days you shouldn’t even try; you should just grab a book, crawl back into bed, and call it a day.

I leave the house in a rush to try to make it to the closest bus stop. The good thing is that if I leave too late and the bus has already come by, there’s another stop a little farther that the bus reaches about 10 minutes later. So while I was rushing to the bus, I knew if I’d already missed the bus I’d just start walking to the other bus stop.

As I reached the street that I cross to get to the bus stop, I see the bus lumbering towards me. I quickly hit the crosswalk flasher button, knowing the bus will stop, giving me enough time to cross the street and run to the bus stop. As I get to the other side of the street, the bus driver honks his horn and waves for me to get on right there. Awesome! I don’t have to run! I hurry to get on the bus, but as I step up, my sandal catches on the step into the bus and I face plant right in front of the driver.

Only two people were on the bus, so I jumped up, “I’m okay! I’m okay!” and rush to a seat, all the while the bus driver saying, “Oh! Are you okay? Are you sure?”

Ten minutes later, as the bus is waiting at a light to turn left where it will stop at the bus stop that I use if I miss the earlier stop, someone taps me on the shoulder and says the driver wants to talk to me. The bus is unusually quiet, but I go up and he explains I’ll need to fill out a form, as will the two witnesses. I repeat that I’m really okay, that my knee’s not even scraped, but “it’s procedure”. I blush, because that’s what I do, go back to my seat, and fill out the form.

After I catch the second bus that takes me to work, I’m sitting there reading, and a man behind me with two silver teeth in amongst his real teeth says to me, “Lady, your hair smells good!” Normally this would be creepy, but after the morning I’ve already had, I’m strangely flattered.

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29 Responses to “Adventures on Public Transportation II”

  1. Kathy

    I hope your day gets better than it started.

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    trish Reply:

    Thanks! Me too! The knitting group I attend meets tonight, and I wasn’t going to go, but I think I might now because I need something to look forward to!

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  2. shelburns

    Sorry to hear about your morning. Hope it gets better.

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    trish Reply:

    Should I even utter these words? “I don’t know how it could get much worse.” *ducking head*

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  3. Joanne

    What a weird way to start a day, good that you didn’t hurt yourself though. The forms thing is bizarre, it happened to me too when I stuck my finger on a straight pin in a clothes boutique (you know the kind they keep in mens dress-shirts) I even had to go into the back office to fill out and sign forms – so embarrassing 🙂

    At least you got to wear your cute shoes! lol

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    trish Reply:

    I need more cute shoes. 🙂

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  4. Meghan

    That sounds horrible. =/ I hope it gets better.

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    trish Reply:

    Me too!

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  5. Vasilly

    I’m glad you’re okay! I had to laugh about the guy with the silver teeth. Hope the rest of your day is perfect!

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    trish Reply:

    Hehe! He was a character!

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  6. Jenn

    Ouch! I’m sorry to hear about your fall. I’m a klutz..it should be my middle name. I injured my ankle when I was in highschool and it never really healed. So, often, it just gives out. And always in the most inappropriate places! I’m a glutton for punishment, too. I LOVE shoes (almost as much as books!) and I’m known for my three inch heels. I was proud of myself yesterday-I went to pick up a chair at lunch for our living room and I was able to carry it to my van..wearing my three inch heels 🙂

    And I’ve learned in life…take whatever compliments you can get..no matter the source!

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    trish Reply:

    After I posted about this, I thought that I should have referred to myself (sarcastically, of course) as Grace Kelly.

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  7. jess

    Great story — just think the weekend is only one day away!

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    trish Reply:

    And I’m leaving tomorrow for Tahoe! Hopefully I’ll make it there in one piece! 🙂

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  8. Serena (Savvy Verse & Wit)

    O my, that was an eventful morning. I’m glad you are ok. Geez. That’s more than we get here in the d.c. area…you fall down they just want you to get up and pay the fare…they don’t care if you’re ok or not…and they certainly don’t make you fill out incident reports. LOL

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    trish Reply:

    That’s hilarious! I didn’t even show the driver my pass, though I figured if he knew me well enough to stop for me before the bus stop, he knows I’m a regular. 🙂

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  9. Beth F

    Too funny!!!

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    trish Reply:

    That’s what I thought. 🙂

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  10. Becky

    You got a purdy mouth. Heh.

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  11. Dreamybee

    Glad you didn’t get hurt falling down. I don’t know how many times I’ve been walking to the bus stop only to see the bus pull up…and then leave as I’m running, full-speed and waving my arms. They just don’t pay attention. Or don’t care. I’m not sure which. If they ran on any kind of schedule, that would help, but they don’t, so it’s hard to know if you’re “on time” or not.

    LOL-After all that, I don’t think I would inspire a “you smell nice,” from anyone!

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  12. jennygirl

    Oh girl I so feel for you. First, I am always 5 minutes late for work everyday…I mean everday. I try but it just doesn’t happen. And I always stay and make up the 5 minutes.
    Second, I fall al the time. I have fallen on every vacation, I fall at every job I hold, etc. And I scrape my knees. Luckily you did not.
    So don’t feel alone. There are plenty of us clutzy people out there. Hope knitting made your day better.

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  13. Bookfool, aka Nancy

    Oh, wow, how embarrassing. I can understand why he made you fill out a form, though. We’ve got a local guy suing a UPS driver because his trained guard dog threatened the driver and the UPS guy popped the dog and hit him in the eye. Key words IMHO: “trained guard dog” and “loose”. But, yes, the guy is pissed off because his dog was heinously injured by a guy defending himself. You can get sued for anything, these days. It’s ridiculous. I’m sure the poor UPS guy was just trying to protect himself. I hope your day improved. I’m glad you weren’t hurt!!!

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  14. Bookfool, aka Nancy

    Oops, I said the same thing twice. I meant I thought the bus driver was probably worried that you might sue him.

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  15. Melissa

    Lol. Great story. I’m glad you’re OK 🙂 And that you made the bus.

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  16. ammo

    Ok-now, you have had one of my days! Welcome to the world of odd 😉

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  17. nikki

    Ew to strangers smelling your hair.

    Also, I work for trial lawyers. So I’ll take some of the blame for you having to go through all the paperwork rigmoral.

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  18. natalie @ book, line, and sinker

    oh, come on! what kind of american are you?! you’re not going to slap the bus and shoe companies with hefty lawsuits? the shoe company’s negligence on strap design clearly led to your stumble and caused you undue pain and suffering. and don’t get me started on the bus and it’s safety record. we live in the most litigious country in the world…and you’re not going to jump on the band wagon? this could be your golden opportunity to build a solid nest egg. trish, where is your american spirit? hahahahaha.

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  19. Callista

    Oh Jeesh. I’ve fallen going up the stairs to the bus before but I’ve never been told to fill out a form! Sorry to hear you had a bad day.

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  20. chartroose

    DUDE, how embarassing! I’m envious of you, though, because it’s freezing here, and I had to wear my polar bear coat to work. What I wouldn’t give to be wearing sandals right now.

    Oh, and “Gee, Your Hair Smells Terrific!”

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