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Strange bus encounter.

Earlier today I was getting on the bus line 12 towards Gresham, and the driver said to me, out of the blue, for no apparent reason, "Let me operate the bus." I looked at him in confusion, because I wasn't doing anything wrong. He again said "Let me operate the bus," getting angry this time. He repeated this a couple times more, never once explaining what his gibberish meant. I finally had to figure out for myself that he meant he needed to lower the ramp for a man in a wheelchair. I got out of the bus for the wheelchair man amicably even though silently I was angry at the bus driver for being incredibly vague and for getting angry at me for not being able to translate his nonsense into sense. I wrote down his bus ID number and stuff, and I have already complained to Trimet. Because really, I *looked* to see if anyone was coming, and saw no one. And instead of saying something comprehensible like "Get back, I need to lower the ramp," instead he says the one thing that makes the least sense and gets pissy about it. He might as well have gotten pissy about me being unable to know that "Trout-slapping calamari flies at dawn under the mistletoe" really meant something sensible. After all, here I am just getting on the bus, haven't done a damned thing, and he says "Let me operate the bus." If I hadn't been so bewildered, I might have responded, "No one's stopping you, dude." Which might have garnered a more sensible explanation. Instead, he ignores my look of confusion and repeats the same nonsense. Seriously, dude, if I stare at you like you've sprouted a second head, you need to reword something.

I wasn't all that thrilled with today anyway. Had to go outside while I'm still sick to take care of this food stamps thing. Something I could've just dropped into a box if not for the fact that they had my address wrong on the inside part, but correct on the outside part. I kept asking people to answer a simple question for me, would've taken all of 30 seconds to a minute, but no, gotta wait in line for over an hour to answer one goddamn stupid simple question. I tried waiting, but my patience is limited anyway, and when ill it's almost nonexistent. So I gave up after a while. Tried filling it out anyway and hoping for the best. No pens, anywhere in the whole damned building. Took me 10 minutes to find a damned pen. Then I needed a stapler. Guess what? No staplers. Stupid asshole disorganized clusterfucked dildobrains!!! I finally had to march up to the front though it wasn't my turn and ask if they had any damned staplers. Gah. Why should I have to fill this damn thing out anyway? I haven't moved, and I'm on SSDI. SSDI does not fucking change. It's not like I'm going to get fired from it. They already have the damn proof of income. Such a fucking pissfest.

As if that wasn't bad enough, on my way to damn food stamp place, I almost got run over by a bitch in a white car who couldn't be bothered to pay attention to the damned pedestrian light. Seriously, WHY AREN'T THEY ARRESTING ASSHOLES WHO TURN INTO PEDESTRIAN WALKWAYS WHEN THE DAMNED LIGHT IS ON??? IS THIS LEGAL? FUCKING GODDAMN IT!!! WHY DO THEY EVEN GET THE TURN GO-AHEAD SIGNAL WHEN THE PEDESTRIAN LIGHT IS ON??? I had half a mind to kick her goddamn headlights in, idiot woman. And she had the gaul to pump her fist at me? Pay attention, goddamn bitch! Gods, where do these people get their drivers licenses, from a box of Trix?

Crossposted from http://fayanora.dreamwidth.org

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kengr
Jan. 3rd, 2011 11:57 pm (UTC)
Every so often they *do* do a sting operation to nail drivers that are ignoring the rules about pedestrians.

ps. If you is really bored, I can let you see if any of my DVDs are anything you want to watch.
fayanora
Jan. 4th, 2011 02:53 am (UTC)
I think I'll be well enough to come over tomorrow.
brockulfsen
Jan. 4th, 2011 04:28 am (UTC)
"Let me operate the bus" should become an internet meme.

I've hit that a few times dealing with bureaucrats, the jargon replaces sense, and they forget they are chanting slogans not communicating.
fayanora
Jan. 4th, 2011 04:31 am (UTC)
"Let me operate the bus" should become an internet meme.

LOL, too true!

I wish I'd been able to pull myself out of confusion long enough to let him know that he was saying words that, totally out of context like that, meant nothing.

I've hit that a few times dealing with bureaucrats, the jargon replaces sense, and they forget they are chanting slogans not communicating.

:-)
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