Today a couple of the boys and I went on a bus adventure downtown! We have ridden the HARTline bus on a few occasion and it is a unique and exciting experience.
The folks that ride the bus do so for very specific reasons. I have given these motivations some thought and here are the ones I believe to be the most reasonable of many.
- A bus rider might be in the seat next to you because they have vision so low they are not able to obtain a license.
- The rider might be on the bus due to a lack of funds necessary to acquire another form of transport.
- It is quite possible that the rider has lost driving privileges by repeatedly driving while under the influence of one chemical or another.
- A bus rider may be attempting to save the planet by more efficiently using natural resources .
- You may find that the rider is not eligible for a drivers license because they are not a citizen of the United States.
- Mental illness is also a factor for some who utilize public transportation.
All in all a ride on the bus is an experience that I find liberating. It will challenge you to drop many of the stuffy inhibitions you find so valuable in a "middle class setting" and embolden you to communicate on a more honest and gritty level. I have enjoyed my rides on the bus greatly and can see that those who travel daily on the same routes must really develop a sense of familiarity with their fellow passengers.
At the main terminal we disembarked and headed over to Oaklawn cemetery. It is also fascinating to wander the grounds of cemetery's and many people have made such a pursuit a regular activity wherever they travel.
I appreciate the headstones with heart felt expressions of love. Short statements that really transmit the heart ache of being separated from ones held dear.
It is kind of a tradition now for us to stop at Eddie & Sam's N.Y. pizzeria when we go on a bus adventure. Totally delicious and next to unbeatable pizza!
We had a great time feeding the left over pizza crust to the seagulls along the Hillsborough River! Thanks for coming along boys! The rest of you my friends have got to try this adventure. You will have the greatest conversations at the bus stops and a day pass to ride all buses in town as well as the channel side trolleys is $3.25 per passenger!See the rest of the images