Episode 8

The ride was great, SIM22 at 6:30 and I was first on line!

Oh and remember the guy who raced me to the bus stop? Well I saw him walking, but I was already first in line!

I got a perfect front window seat and didn’t mind when the woman next to me shut her air vent, or elbowed me a few times–I had a window seat dammit!

The sun was rising and I caught the whole thing!

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Episode 7

Tuesday morning. I hopped on the SIM8 and it honestly was a decent ride. The fare machine was broken but that doesn’t do anything for me–I buy unlimited weekly metro cards–but the bus was grateful (and packed).

The girl in the front row had her bag in the aisle seat. What did I say about the rules?! I asked her to kindly move her bag and I took the last available seat.

The driver continued to pull over at the last few stops with crowds of people. He opened the door, told them the bus is full, closed the door and drove off. SAVAGE!

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Episode 6

I made it to my stop in time for a good spot on the line. The dark blotchy sky was still beautiful.

I checked my Bus Time app at 6:20 and there were no buses listed for the SIM22. Did I miss something? I was about to cross the lot to another stop when a bus rolled up. No name, just “Not in Service” flashing as the door opened. I checked the bus stop again for another SIM bus but there was only one. Oh well. I refreshed the app and it still didn’t show the 22. I guess because he wasn’t in service. (He never turned the sign over and I got a row all to myself.) He was late though. Should’ve been on the bus by 6:13 but I’ll let it pass.

7:14 Yeah, about letting it pass…

So we come to an absolute stop. I hear something over the loud speaker so I mute Weezy’s Carter V album and hear:

“All Jersey buses headed to Lincoln Tunnel, do not use expedited bus lane. I repeat, do not use expedited bus lane. Use regular lanes for Lincoln Tunnel, headed toward NYC.”

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Episode 5

Friday marked my first official work week in the city. I knew which bus route to get me in early (SIM22) and which to get me home in decent time (SIM10 or 30)

I learned never to travel up to 42nd to catch a bus to Staten Island.

And yes, I still love commuting to Manhattan everyday. The scenery is exciting, here’s a recap:

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Episode 4

Do people actually smell themselves before leaving for work in the morning?

I was headed toward the bus stop for the SIM22 and some guy trailed me. He power walked from far behind and then appeared in front of me.

Is he kidding?

I looked at the long line we were headed for and this crazy man legit jumped up to the sidewalk in his grey suit like it was a race. I casually stepped onto the sidewalk, glanced in his direction and took my spot in line, right next to him.

What The hell did I just witness so early in the morning? The sun wasn’t even up yet.

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Juggling Bats 101

So, my juggle trainer showed me the basics of the bat-shaped juggle things.

Give me a month, I’ll be juggling three at a time!

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Episode 3

New route:

S74 to the depot.

SIM22 to Midtown.

Mood: Driver said good morning back.

Things to remember so far:

1. Stand in line at the bus stop. Don’t be that person who cuts unintentionally. This shit is serious.

2. If you choose an empty row to sit, move in. Don’t sit on the outside chair, shimmy your early ass over to the window so the next person doesn’t have to go crazy for a seat.

3. Wear sneakers. I can’t say that enough. Save the cute shoes for your actual shift.

4. Download the MTA Bus Time app. Unless you have it already, which you should. I have no shame being new to the game.

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