assaults on my senses

December 5, 2017 12:48pm CST
I thought the man I sat next to on the bus from Work to Quaint Historic Market Town was Kurt Vonnegut, but I don't think Old Kurt {first name terms, dontcha know} would read Dan Brown. Who does read Dan Brown? Also, the man was a bit of a pongball, a little stinky. The bus breathed in the smell of unwashed clothing and unwashed hair, quietly gagged, and then breathed it out again. Rinse and repeat. I really needed a wee quite badly when I reached my first destination. The toilets at the bus station in QHMT are a trifle yucky at the best of times, but today they were truly Yucky, with a capital Y. I *think* somebody had decided to vomit in there, and I'm also quite sure that some of this vomit was on the floor. It was rather stinky. I held my breath and scarpered as quickly as is possible. My ears were assaulted next. The baby boy at the bus stop laughed and laughed and laughed. It was cute. And more cute. Followed by even more cute. But then I decided I had had enough and it stopped being cute and simply became thoroughly annoying. My bus was forty minutes late. Stupid bus.
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@RasmaSandra (13416)
• Riga, Latvia
5 Dec
I would have been really nauseous and yes, cuteness could be overdone.
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6 Dec
I got quite good at holding my breath yesterday. I think that if they ever want to torture someone they should just stick them in a small room with a looped recording of a laughing baby!
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@MALUSE (32808)
• Denmark
5 Dec
There are those days . . .
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6 Dec
And hopefully this new day will not be one of them! :)
@Corbin5 (81667)
• United States
5 Dec
You sure had to endure a lot of yucky and stinky today. Cute does seem to go only so far.
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6 Dec
Today will be better ... I can feel it in my weary bones.
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@pgntwo (21736)
• Derry, Northern Ireland
5 Dec
Be thankful you're not dependent on Arriva buses in and around Liverpool - a 40minute journey converts to three separate buses and a 5am start to be where you need to be about 15mins after you need to be there, just after the school bell has rung...
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6 Dec
People who work out timetables are the sort of people who NEVER use public transport. I think it's a prerequisite of the job.
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@pgntwo (21736)
• Derry, Northern Ireland
6 Dec
@Poppylicious And they are in cahoots with the bus drivers' union, strike action over the last 3 months up in Liverpool proves there is not really competition on certain routes.
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6 Dec
@pgntwo We have no competition down here. You either go with Stagecoach or you go nowhere.
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@YrNemo (8553)
5 Dec
! Don't have that trouble with buses here ever (I think). Hang on, once, on a dreadfully hot summer day, a bus driver decided to open some windows to let the air in. The aircon didn't work on that day I was told. It was awful! A public toilet here was vandalized badly every now and then. THAT TIME, I needed it for my little girl, and what happened? Some nasty person smeared human's solid wastes everywhere inside and outside that small automatic cubicle toilet.
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6 Dec
Oh. That is horrid. Why on earth would anyone do that?! Some people are weird.
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@YrNemo (8553)
6 Dec
@Poppylicious Perhaps some drunks?
@amadeo (47966)
• United States
5 Dec
Stupid cute bus.Oh!well every day cannot be perfect.
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6 Dec
But it would be nice if it could be!
@amadeo (47966)
• United States
6 Dec
@Poppylicious Well yes but where is the fun in this.every day cannot be perfect.W
@PatZAnthony (11800)
• Charlotte, North Carolina
7 Dec
One could say, At least there is a bus, but your point is well made. You have a poetic way of sharing your thoughts.
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7 Dec
This is true. If the bus failed to turn up at all I would have been scuppered. Thank you.
@cahaya1983 (9593)
• Malaysia
6 Dec
I'd much rather tolerate the baby's laughing marathon than any form of assault to my sense of smell.
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6 Dec
Oh yes. And it was adorable. But eventually it just became too much!
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@WorDazza (8649)
• Manchester, England
5 Dec
Having read a Dan Brown novel I'm fairly convinced that even Dan Brown doesn't read Dan Brown! You have touched on the single biggest reason I avoid all forms of public transport like the plague. The fear that I may actually catch the plague from someone!!
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6 Dec
Yep. When the apocalyptic flu strikes it will be those of us who use public transport to succumb first. You will chortle, but it will come for you eventually ... :)
@Morleyhunt (16670)
• Canada
5 Dec
Yup...we've all experienced those days. Travelling by car...running into an accident that slowed the highway to a crawl...clearing the backlog....now it's construction....finally arriving at the service center with you legs crossed you need the bathroom that badly....and discovering the bathrooms stink and there is literally pee running across the floor.
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6 Dec
Yuck. You made me gag!
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