Whenever I have to leave my car at the mechanic, I take the bus home. The mechanic, who is honest and helpful, offers a ride but I prefer the bus. Taking the bus is orderly. You wait on a bench. Sometimes the sun is warm and it feels good to sit and wait even though the bus is always late. There is nothing pressing. Someone else is going to be in charge. Once you put your fare in the box, you have no responsibilities. When the ride begins you are free to scrutinize the passing scene.
One thing, I know. I'm different from the other passengers. They don't take the bus for experience therapy. They need the bus to get to their jobs or to a necessary destination.
The Suffolk County Transit seems to hire eastern European drivers for the East Hampton route. They begin their sentences with the verb and seldom elaborate.
When I took the bus last Friday, a man came around and gave every rider two dollars as a present. I shook my head but he pressed the bills on me and it would have been rude to turn him down. I thought maybe it was like those stories you hear of a millionaire throwing money into a crowd at Christmas. I didn't want to touch the money because, although I like to ride the bus, I am phobic about touching strangers' hands even in church. Also, dollar bills are probably one of the premier germ-laden objects along with the handrails in the subway. The man who gave the money wore madras Bermuda shorts, a pullover with a shirt underneath and good sneakers.
The two dollars are still
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