Things I like:
1) I can read. I can take a book or magazine and read. I don't have to watch the road.
2) No road rage. I get very frustrated in traffic. I don't have to worry about traffic to work and back by taking the bus.
3) I'm doing my part for the environment as well as for traffic which is a real problem in my area (traffic).
Things I don't like.
1) The pink and black haired Latina (late 30s) who thought a seat meant she puts her feet in it. Yes, I know the greedy trash was trying to make sure no one sat with her. If you saw her face, you'd realize that shouldn't be a problem for her. But regardless, don't put your damn feet in the seats. No one needs to sit on all the crud from your dirty shoes. Were you raised in a barn?
2) The young African-American guy (probably 20) who thought riding the bus meant eating from his bucket of KFC and drinking from his generic grape soda in a two liter plastic bottle. People are tired, they're going home to dinner. They don't want to smell your chicken, watch you eat or hear your smacking. There's a reason one of the posted rules is no eating on the bus.
3) The White woman (late 20s) with the Rhianna song on her cell phone that she played because no one ever heard it before or of Rhianna, right? Your cell phone is to be held to your ear. If you're on the bus, it is not to be used as a radio. The rest of us may not want to hear your type of music or any music at all.
4) The White or Latino (under 18) writing "KOE" in black marker on the bus. KOE, no one needs your tagging. If you want to write on something, take the marker to your face and scrawl "KOE" there. Put your graffiti where your mouth is.
I was asked specifically about inside the bus. I was surprised that so many have never ridden public transportation.
A lot wanted to know if it was dangerous. I would say no. Others wanted to know about school kids. I'm riding to work and back with those people who are usually doing the same. I don't see the school rush. There's usually a few in the evening, maybe three, but that's it.
What's the most confusing thing?
The bus schedules. If you can read one of those the first time all by yourself, I consider you a genius. When I first started riding, I had a friend who went almost the same route and he told me exactly where to walk to catch it and where to go to catch my transfer bus. If he had not done that, I never would have ridden the bus because it was too confusing. For me. And I needed help reading the bus schedule the first time too.
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