March 2009

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snowI had ONE hours sleep last night. I was up with heartburn.  I am cranky and groggy and still have heartburn.  We had a snowstorm on Monday which left us with over a foot of snow.  The commuter bus parking lot was a MESS yesterday–just a sheet of ice.  I managed to get parking and stumbled my way across the lot without falling.  Schools were cancelled yesterday so not as many people went to work.  Today, although the parking lot was cleared, they just pushed up the snow and ice around the perimeters of the lot thus blocking out at least 1/3 of the parking spots.  Since school was back in session today it was a mad scramble to get a parking spot.  I opted to take the less crowded bus with the slower bus drive (10 minutes later than my usual bus) so I could get in a nap in which I did.

We have this new guy on my usual morning bus.  He looks like the big black guy in the movie The Green Mile. He takes up two seats and at least once during the bus ride visits the nasty toilette facilities on the bus (consists of a commode and a sink that does not run water.  We get anteceptic towelletes instead. GROSS!).  Anyway, this guy is so huge that he literally parts the aisle as if he was Moses crossing the red sea.  Its very disconcerting when you are trying to sleep and get jostled by this guy at least twice during the ride. And they complain about my back pack! Then again, given his size and stature I’m sure he doesn’t get hassled a lot.  Other than that he seems like a nice enough person but I wouldn’t want to make him mad.

I have seen Lush quite a bit this week.  He was very lushy.  He smokes like a chain.  If I get heartburn I can’t imagine what kind of physical conditions his vices cause him!  Well groomed had to stand behind me in line for the bus home last week and actually SMILED at me. I’m over the moon.

I think the bus regulars have come to the conclusion I’m not going anywhere and I can’t be trained so they grudgingly accept me and my backpack.