So I’ve been a commuter for four weeks due to my Nuffield Placement (post to follow soon!) and it’s been really great. I recently attended a lecture where the professor’s advice was to travel by bus. Why? Because by travelling by bus, your mind has time to think and process stuff otherwise shoved to the back, therefore you’re more likely to have an “aha” moment ( also known as the light bulb moment or the Eureka moment), leading you to become a successful scientist. I can agree with his logic, but I’m yet to experience my own “aha” moment. Instead, I thought I’d share with you some bus “banter” that have made me smile on my bus journeys.
- “Being Manc is hard work” – Liam Gallagher. I’m sure you’ve heard of this famous “snarling” Mancunian. This is great. When talking to Johnny Vaughan on Radio X about his Manc roots, he said this. And it makes me smile every time I read it!
- So, I had a bit of a dilemma. I’m in my second week of my placement, and the novelty of sitting on the top deck isn’t lost on me yet. However, it does have it’s issues. For example, the fact that by the time my stop comes, all window seats are occupied (so one person is sat at each row of two). This isn’t an issue for me. You just have to sit next to a stranger – which is fine. It’s Tuesday. Nothing extraordinary, apart from the fact that I’ve accidentally sat next to the same teenage lad (my age) as yesterday. It’s ok – only minor awkwardness. It’s Wednesday. As I walk upstairs, I clock eyes with the SAME GUY and he recognises me. I’m faced with a dilemma. a) sit next to him and have a very awkward ride because neither of us know whether this is a funny coincidence or whether I’m a stalker. b) sit elsewhere, after we both know that I recognised him. Plus side: no awkward journey. Down side: I might potentially hurt his feelings and he’ll wonder whether there’s a reason why I moved away. What would you do? FYI – I sat next to him on the Wednesday, then never saw him again. Maybe it’s coincidence? Maybe I scared him off? Either way, it’s an amusing anecdote of the woes of public transport!
- I needn’t say anything but that this is from a genuine conversation, and that I nearly cried laughing on the bus. Person A to Person B, ” You won’t cycle the Alps. Jason Bourne couldn’t do it, and he can kill a man with a pen!”
Have you any tales of ‘woe’ on public transport? What would you have done in my predicament? Any funny conversations overheard? I’d love to know!