Characters On The Bus

We took a bus trip into the sprawling metropolis of Douglas this morning as P had an appointment for his booster jab at midday.

A young woman boarded about halfway there, laden down with a wheeled suitcase, huge rucksack plus a large "bag for life" crammed full.  She managed to get down to the back of the bus where, according to P, she was crying and talking on her 'phone to somebody about having just left home.  She struggled to get off on the outskirts of town so we don't know where she ended up.

After the jab, Christmas present shopping and lunch at The Caff opposite the bus station, we boarded the 1:10 bus back home.  This one was very full and with several "characters" on board.


One (very) young mum boarded first with a toddler in a buggy. Buggy and toddler were parked at the front near the driver whilst mum walked right to the back of the bus for the remainder of the journey. Thankfully, it was only when the bus neared their stop that the little girl jumped out of her buggy and wobbled to the exit door, ready to jump off.  Mum wandered down and retrieved bags and buggy but let the little one jump off by herself and scamper along the pavement beside the busy road. Eeek!

A young man boarded outside the college, looking very arty and studious with his trendy specs and long, collar length wavy hair under a stylish flat cap. He spent the whole journey working on his laptop.

A young man had boarded just after us and sat immediately in front of us. He was wearing baggy joggers and a hoodie and carried with him a most distinctive aroma of curry and pungent body odour.  He pulled up his hood and lay back to snooze for the entire journey, occasionally letting off little puffs of aromatic flatulence to add to the general miasma.

Ah, life's rich pageant.




30 comments:

  1. Goodness, are your bus rides always so entertaining?! A colorful bunch on the IoM!

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    1. They are generally quite uneventful, Ellen. Today was quite entertaining as you say!

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  2. On The Buses. Do you remember watching it JayCee? At least you didn't meet any drunks like the one I met recently in Kent.

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    1. Ah, but your drunk was pretty harmless though, wasn't he?

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    2. The flatulence didn't kill anyone, right? Your characters could be said to be harmless too. I saw a woman with a sign begging money today. She had two young boys with her, no older than four, I would guess. They were at a entrance to a shopping center along a very busy stretch of highway. The youngest boy was twiddling so close to the road it made me sick to see.

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    3. Toddling. Where does AC even get some of these words?

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    4. Yep, all of our characters were pretty harmless but I am sure that guy's gas was toxic.

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  3. So that's what I'm missing out on! It's years since I've been on a bus - there aren't any around my part of town at all, and I'd need a car to get to the nearest bus stop!

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    1. Now you know what you're missing out on, CG. All that fun!

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  4. The fellow who sat in front of you sounds very much like the one who my unlucky DH sat next to on a Virgin Atlantic seven hour flight from the US to the UK. Very fragrant fellow. Evidently never heard of a wash or deodorant. DH said he almost needed the airsick bag. Bus rides aren't the only place one finds excitement (or unfortunately, odors).

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    1. Oh my. Fifty minutes was more than enough for me. I would have had to put a bag over my head to manage seven hours of that.

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  5. You should be a painter - your word pictures would transfer well to canvas

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    1. Oh thank you Weaver. You are kind.
      I like that term - word pictures.

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  6. Word pictures is an excellent description. Your distinctly malodorous companion reminds me of the scratch and sniff pictures of yesteryear..

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    1. Oh dear. Now why does that conjure up such unsavoury images in my mind's eye?

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  7. Loved your description . I'm glad I don't have to take a bus or train anymore. It reminded me of some characters on Athens metro. You kept them as far away as possible

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    1. You can certainly see some unteresting sights on public transport.

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    2. ...interesting sights....should have gone to Specsavers.

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  8. Your account made me chuckle - especially when we reached the smelly fellow - Johnny Fartpants. I wonder how the other passengers may have written about you and his lordship?

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    1. I often wonder that too, however, I am sure they don't even notice us. Mr & Mrs Invisible .

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  9. Was it a performance art installation?

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    1. It challenged all the senses... sight, sound and smell.

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  10. Travelling by bus is rather like going on holiday, you never know who you'll meet or what they'll do. I think I might have gone and sat with the over laden young woman.

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    1. Yes, I wish I had. I didn’t know about her crying etc until P told me later.

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  11. My husband had his Covid booster appointment today. When we checked in, I asked when I might hear and she said I could have it done with my husband ..... result !!! It's a smorgasbord of life when you get on public transport . XXXX

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    1. Oh, you were lucky to get your booster done too. I am in the next cohort so a couple of weeks to wait. P just has a sore arm but no other side effects. Hope you are both OK too. XXX

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    2. I've booked my Flu' jab, but I don't think I'll bother with another booster.

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    3. You start to feel like a pin cushion.

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  12. Public transport is great for people watching but it pays to be not easily offended. (Or to be nose blind). It's the argumentative ones that are worst. F was on a bus one night that stopped and an argumentative passenger was ordered off. Of course that worked (not) and the bus driver refused to go on until she got off. Stupid threat. In the end most of the other passengers got off and F walked home...the bus might still be there for all we know!

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    1. We are reasonably safe here from the scary people you read about on buses elsewhere. As you say, it is great for people watching.

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