I don’t know why most people get the holiday off and the rest of us are sitting in our cubes, wondering why we aren’t out enjoying the day like the rest of America. If it’s a national holiday, then shouldn’t everyone get the day off? And if you do have to work, you’d think you get overtime or some sort of carrot dangling above your head to make you feel better.
On this un-holiday for me, I had to deal with my bus not running. I was lucky enough to be standing next to a guy who had the foresight to make a few phone calls to MUNI and relay the message to me and another guy that we were out of luck. So the three of us got into a cab and said nothing. The cabbie asked, “Where would you all like to go?”
And all three of us said, “Anywhere downtown in the Financial District is fine.”
To which the cabbie smirked, “Well aren’t we all an easygoing crowd this morning!”
A few days prior (Friday to be exact), my bus rammed into a taxi cab. I had a front row seat and was ‘lucky’ enough to see the whole thing go down. Everyone in the bus had a seat which is unusual for 8am in the morning. Usually by that time, the bus is full and people are standing, holding on for dear life. Had anyone been standing that Friday morning, the city of San Francisco would have had a lawsuit on its hands. But everyone was firmly seated. We’ve already made our first stop at Montgomery and Bush. The bus driver is on his way to the second stop. I’ve stopped reading my Lenten book of prayers at this point since we’re approaching my stop at Sansome and Pine. I have the front seat and I’m watching as a yellow taxi cab spots a fare. The cab stops suddenly then BAM!!! The MUNI bus driver slams right into the back of the cab. Both drivers stop, exit their vehicles, and proceed to lambaste each other.
“What the fuck are you doing stopping so suddenly? You’re supposed to pull over you asshole, not stop in the middle of the fucking street!”
“Whuh? Me? You idiot. You hit my cab. Wait until the police come. You wait!”
Everyone grabbed their briefcases and lunches, headed out of the bus and walked the rest of the way to work.