December 12, 2005

Crowded, stuffed full on a bus to the point of breathing in alternate shifts, mostly students and stressed out in the midst of examination season -- and yet no one upset in the least, and above the talk the occasional and absolutely genuine "Sorry" "sorry" "Sorry!" as people tried to thread an almost non-existent way toward some manner of exit.

And (far too much later), the local university students' union having provided a shuttle bus to balance out the all-night library exam-cram hours during times when the public service does not run: the drivers in good humour, the students very, very tired but still good-willed such that the spontaneous thank-you's were genuine indeed.

And so I still continue to be startled at the general negative reaction toward "having" to ride on public transit. What kinds of experiences must others have had?

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