Thursday, November 13, 2008

I missed the bus

Today, I woke up early without hesitation for the first time in a long time. Not enough can be said about the great things a good night's sleep can do for the body and mind. I felt rested and not rushed, and I was even in a chipper enough mood to check emails and make some toast for myself and Gui before heading out the door on time.

We live about two bus-stops away from the metro, and I try to catch the bus if I see it approaching since it usually shaves about five minutes off of my commute time. This morning, I saw the bus approaching the stop and since I hadn't yet made it in front of the stop, I sprinted across the street, waving my hand knowing the bus driver had seen me since I was literally running in front of the bus. The bus jerked, stopped, and I slowed down, smiled and pulled out my Navigo as I approached the now-closed doors. Then, the bus pulled away. I waved my arms thinking the driver must have thought I was running for some other reason, but the woman commanding the wheel pretended not to see me, glanced away from the doors and drove off. What. A. B*tch! There is NO possible way that she could have not seen me - I was dashing across the street, in PLAIN view of the bus' gargantuan windshield, running up to the front doors of the bus when she turned her head to drive off. The bus was still stopped when I arrived at the doors. Only a jerk would have driven off.

Luckily, the bus comes about every five minutes, so I decided to cool down and wait for the next one instead of walking to the metro. I don't know why, but I was really furious. Maybe it's because I always see bus drivers give others a break and pick people up who are nowhere even near the bus stop. Maybe it's because after how great my day had begun, I was just expecting the world to be a better place this morning. Maybe it's because the driver was a woman and, though I've never met a woman who lived up to the "French woman" reputation, I suddenly felt like the stereotype now held some validity. But, I didn't want it to, and it pissed me off that this stupid bus driver had to be the one to question my otherwise disbelief in the cruelty and coldness of an entire female citizenry.

I jumped on the next bus, still questioning the motives of the mean driver who didn't stop. I tried not to over-analyze the situation, but the whole thing put me in a reflective and doubtful mood. Then, while changing metro lines, I saw this:


...and I suddenly had my happy morning back.

11 comments:

Crystal said...

that is quite possibly the best subway ad I've ever seen :) Why don't they have cool stuff like that in the RERs??

Evolutionary Revolutionary said...

This is the most hilarious ad I've seen so far. It beats out the middle aged guy with a teddy bear. I wish I could walk around with a lions head...

lulu said...

Wow- I'm speechless on botht the bus driver and the ad... wow.

misplaced texan said...

Girls, I seriously love the crap out of this ad. I literally laugh out loud every time I see it, and I find myself pulling it up on my cell phone just because I know how I'll react to seeing it. Juliet, I want a lion head too!!

jonnifer said...

I have heard about this "cold Frenchwoman" thing too but only from Americans. The French women I have interacted with in all my times in France by and large do not conform to this stereotype.

Possibly the bus driver was from NY! Seriously, unless you were at the stop, in line, getting on right behind the last passenger, they would slam the doors in your face.

SO funny you should mention this ad - I was laughing about the female version today! This skinny woman with a nice diamond ring and a huge lion's head. Too funny.

Emily Marie said...

I just laughed out loud at my computer. That lion-man is hilarious!!!

Zhu said...

I think I took a picture of the lion-man when I was in Paris!

I often miss my bus in the morning... I have to cross a wide road (think American style) and sometimes I'm just stuck on one side when the bus arrives. And I really don't want to run in the middle of the morning rush traffic.

Irisa said...

??? What does Soif De Force mean? Is THAT what is funny or is it just the lion head? Haha...I am lost...Someone translate por favor (please).HA. ;-)

misplaced texan said...

Irisa: LOL. Soif de force means thristy for power/strength, but it's the lion head that made me laugh. You can barely tell, but it's a big lion head on a man holding his fist out. I don't know, I think it's LOL hysterical for some reason. :)

marci said...

LOVE that ad!

Fortunately, the soif de force
crew will be departing 1600 Pennsyl
vania Ave

Irisa said...

Ohhh...OK...I guess it does look pretty silly...haha...at first I thought I missed the whole point of the ad...like it was for Viagra or something...now THAT would be hilarious. ;-)

And as far as the bus driver goes...she was acting like a bitchy twat, not because she's french or a woman, but because she's a BUS DRIVER! Hahaha...I'd probably run over people if that were MY job! BEEP BEEP! ;-)