On the bus- an African American couple is getting off, 20s, she's got the empty stroller and he's got the requisite doo rag and flat-billed hat sideways, pants down around his knees. He leans in and says, "hey man, all I got is a 20," and shows me his wallet, which is only very large bills. I say "that's okay-" hand gestures- "it ain't worth 20 dollars." Relief smiles across his face, and something else too. I say, "oh yeah, you're fine. Guys have a good night." He says "thank you" in italics, and she says sincerely, "I appreciate it," and we exchange some more 'have-a-good-nights' and 'you-too's,' except they feel so big and real and what else, and they're almost gone when he turns back and yells out, "and Happy Father's day, if you have a son!" An hour later I saw them again, wandering into the street. He had taken off his shirt. I leaned out of the bus and waved, and we all recognized each other ("heeeyyyy!"), and the excited goodness in them glowed. It was like we 3 were all the same special species, the kind that sees new possibilities, and you feel the juice that makes one excited about humanity. Our generation. The size of these moments.
7/1/2012 02:32:17 am
7/2/2012 09:29:17 pm
Bill, thank you so much!! Although with the amount of time you've logged on the road, I daresay you have your share of stories as well! Thanks for checking out the site.
7/1/2012 05:39:12 pm
Wow Nathan, I wanted to describe an interaction on my bus today with you at Starbuck's, and it echos your interaction with this couple. I love that all I have to do is talk about it and you already are so there. I actually thought of you immediately after it happened because it is a type of interaction that happens mostly when driving night work. I remembered you saying "the only two experiences i have had driving at night have been so great that it kind of makes me want to go full time"
7/2/2012 09:32:09 pm
Paul "What would Margolis do" Margolis, you're awesome (though that's no surprise). Thanks for sharing the great story. The night was utterly transformed for both of you by that conversation- think what you'd both have missed if you just rolled right on past him! How nice of you to pick him up on the outbound, and that you took him back to town for the 2:15 120.
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