Category Archives: Bus shorts

stories about mass transit

From bagpipes to panpipes: Choripans

If you receive this blog via an email from Marla in the Kitchen, listen to the attached videos by clicking on the post title.   When you stroll around the Seattle Center, a music festival or a street fair on … Continue reading

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Bus shorts: Mean streets

    INTERIOR-SB HOUSTON METRORAIL CAR-DAY A METRORail car pulls away from the downtown Houston rail stop.  Riders sit in blue plastic seats two by two, facing each other—half looking at the front of the car, half looking at the … Continue reading

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Texas Justice

Since we’ve been in Houston, I’ve driven mostly in the swankier parts of town—Rice Village, Bellaire, the Museum District, Braeswood—with brick houses as big as a church, beautiful old trees, and manicured green hedges, with seldom a soul in sight.  … Continue reading

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Bus shorts: Polkadoodle

When you’re sitting next to a clown on the bus, do you acknowledge or ignore his/her clownness?” I chose to address the elephant in the room, “So you’re a clown—how’d that happen?” “Polkadoodle”, a pre-school teacher who loves clowns, had … Continue reading

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Bus shorts: Silent Night

Aretha Franklin Heading home on Sacramento’s Gold Line, I could hear someone singing. Now usually, when I am on public transportation (especially in the car farthest from the driver) I don’t turn around to check out a ruckus. “Hey lady! … Continue reading

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Bus Shorts, Bangladesh: Shrimp with coconut cream

When I got to the bus stop, he looked up and scooted over, making room for me on the bench. “We’re both old”, he said, “We need to watch out for each other.” Soon, we both scooted over, making room … Continue reading

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Bus shorts or, life outside the bubble

I’ve been riding the #11 bus for a month now and San Juan is still misspelled on the reader board. Using mass transit forces a rider out of her bubble. When it’s raining, she scurries out of the house into … Continue reading

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