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Long day

Today, I got to spend most of the day traveling to Santa Cruz, on buses. No more weekend CalTrain until they finish work on the tracks for the baby bullet. It took a while. I wound up getting in to Santa Cruz about an hour late, and had to make many apologies to Luke, who was picking me up at the metro. Boo.

I was supposed to come back down yesterday, but I had a splitting horrible headache for most of the day and wound up sleeping a lot, missing the last train. Naughty.

I got to sit next to a really entertaining crazy guy on the bus from San Jose, which made the stop-and-go tourist traffic on 17 a little more amusing. He started talking the instant I sat down across from him and didn't stop until after the bus had stopped about 2 hours later. He kept talking about his new invention, an ultra-lightrail bus that could run on train tracks and utilized solar and wind (which he stressed was really, at the core, solar power as well) power to run a flywheel energy device. I nodded and smiled while he rambled and popped a number of colorful pills in to his mouth and commented about everything from the trees along the highway to the numerous products he'd invented over the years. When I pulled a bottle of Vitamin Water out of my bag and took a sip he jumped excitedly and said "OH! Oh Yes! Vitamin Water, I invented that!"

He was very far off his nut, but in a friendly, funny, intelligent sort of way. And his luggage consisted of an enormous rubbermaid garbage can with a lock on it. Wow!

Comments

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rizzo41
Jul. 7th, 2002 09:27 am (UTC)
Sweet! You should have asked if it's all really just a big scam. And for coupons for free products from the inventor. Poo. I just sit next to foul-mouthed teenagers on my bus.
caffeina
Jul. 7th, 2002 05:18 pm (UTC)
It would have been kind of cool if this guy had actually invented vitamin water, but he was kind of a nut. Aside from vitamin water and hydraulic systems, he also invented a special kind of cat food! In his world, apparently, cooking something equals inventing it. Hmmmm.

The other night, I invented Salad!
grammardog
Jul. 7th, 2002 12:03 pm (UTC)
O, the bus! Gathering grounds for the mentally challenged and the soap-deprived.

I was once drawn into a scrap with a man who fell under both of these categories after he looked me straight in the eye and blamed me for Princess Diana's death. I claimed innocence, at which point he started sweating and waving around a tabloid, shouting that we all had blood on our hands. I told him I'd never bought a tabloid in my life, and he fumed silently and got off at the bus at the next stop, shaking a fist full of tabloid at me all the while.
caffeina
Jul. 7th, 2002 05:21 pm (UTC)
You did it? GASP!
Wow, that's a pretty amazing accusation, really! I used to encounter a really scary buswoman who would follow me around muttering JESUSLOVESYOU JESUSLOVESYOU DOYOUACCEPTTHELORDJESUSASYOURPERSONALSAVIOR as she kind of leaned in to my face. That wasn't good. Buses are generally pretty entertaining places for people-watching though, all kinds of freaks.
grammardog
Jul. 7th, 2002 07:22 pm (UTC)
Re: You did it? GASP!
Jesus seems to send the smelliest and scariest people as his messengers, doesn't He?
caffeina
Jul. 7th, 2002 10:10 pm (UTC)
Re: You did it? GASP!
Yeah, and the least coherent, to boot!
grammardog
Jul. 7th, 2002 10:35 pm (UTC)
Re: You did it? GASP!
He don't make it easy, that's for damn sure.
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