Martha the Bus Lady
I’ve been a city bus driver in Los Angeles for nearly 25 years. I have had other jobs throughout the years but this job has been consistent through many a bad time. People always need to ride the bus. I’ll tell you something… driving a bus gives you a PhD in human behavior.
Between that and being a parent, you’ve seen every kind of foolishness and shenanigans there is. Many of my stories on the bus and at home involve urine. But I digress.
I used to be apathetic about politics and the subject gives me a headache in general. But I also know that if I don’t try to figure out who’s more full of bullshit, it could screw up my community and my life to a certain degree. At least that’s what I think. I could be dead wrong.
I try to watch a few of the debates every election season. I don’t watch them because they matter in the long run, I think it’s more of a curiosity. I guess I can’t not watch them.
After a long day and cleaning up the dishes (my husband makes dinner, Mitt), we settled in and tried to stay awake for the rematch.
- Obama was awake for this one
- Romney is a bad Xerox of the same white dude we’ve seen for decades
- Obama does not walk on water
- Both are out of touch but Romney is probably further out of touch
- Please don’t run your game on me about women’s rights, what we like, what we don’t, etc. I don’t cry at work and I’ve had to throw men, bigger than me, kicking and screaming, off my bus at 3 in the morning
- No one threatened a resident on Sesame Street
- Me and Candy Crowley should go drinking some time
My biggest issue with debates is that they are in and of themselves bullshit. They play to the spectator sport that is politics. Any jackass can get up there and do the usual rehearsed over promising and record scourging. The debates give people a chance to get a last look at these guys before the election but the truth is, what politicians say and do are two different things.
From what I can tell, a president or vice president doesn’t lead the country by debating. If winning a debate mattered then Larry the Gulf War vet who rides Bus. No. 5 to downtown would be king of this bitch.
Larry does win most of his debates by flinging a cup of urine on his opponent, though. You know Biden would do that if he could get away with it.
Another thing I want to say is that you should vote. Why? Will they even count it? Will they steal it? Whatever. I don’t watch a lot of TV but I do read as much as I can (not while I’m driving, in case you were heading there).
When you know that people have been killed on the road to the polling center in other countries, you should vote. Our country has been tore up economically and everyone has an opinion on whose fault it is but in the end, our world is pretty tame compared to other places. So voting, whether it’s for another rigid rich dude or a cocky dude who’s lost his way, does matter. Even if the act is symbolic.
What would be even better is for people to write in a third candidate just to show that we don’t necessarily want either of these fools.
We’ve got Facebook and Twitter and all that. Seems like a revolution of that kind would work. But I’m like everyone else I guess and I’m tired after work and a revolution is far from my mind. I’d just like to have better choices but that would mean completely rebuilding our system.
I’m not saying I don’t care and I know I don’t have the answers. One thing is for certain; I’m not going to end up in a binder that’s for sure.
I do my routes, I try to keep the peace and I know too much about bullshit.