Note..my aim is to write games and graphic novels. NO I never met a bunch of crazy women on “Bus Adventures.” That KC ATA has been great, and I am very pleased with them. It’s a far better deal than I had imagined! I am going to have another.. “Bus Adventure” today..and go down to McDonalds!
Eh, might as well spice up my pretty ordinary life.
I take the BUS to the VA for my appointment. This trip is interesting because it covers one of the worst areas of the East Side. From Troost and Armour, to the VA Medical Center, which is at Linwood and Van Brunt. Didn’t take any pictures on the way there, because the bus windows were so grimy, but it’s one of the worst areas. MANY boarded up houses, and abandoned business. There are huge piles of trash sitting out on the curb, laying around all over the place. One of the worst areas for Urban Blight, but still, life goes on there. People own homes. Work, live their lives. But it’s a terrifying part of the city. I take the TroostMax NORTH.. then the 35 Bus EAST.. to arrive at the VA.
I take the 35 Bus across town to the VA. Picking up Troostmax after a little park n ride, I take it North. Then catch the Armour (35th), then take this bus, the 35 right to the door of the VA Medical Center. The 35 is a 1/2 hour bus, so you got to catch it just right. The TroostMax is a fast and frequent bus, so I never bother to even check the schedule, usually. The 35 wasn’t very punctual, but I caught it anyways. Here is why, even when I get my car straightened out, I gonna keep taking the BUS.
I eat a Burger King before I get on the bus. One guy wipes out the other guy’s car, and he didn’t have insurance. The cop comes and straightens things out, one guy in trouble.
I hop the 35 back to Troost.. stop at SavALot, stop at Dollar General on the way back, and then “safely” back at home to the gossipin’ sods in this building.
The bus, on Saturday and Sunday runs every hour. Meh.. it’s pretty unusable unless you can kill an hour’s time at the destination. Done did my time in the Military. Back when I was in, it wasn’t a very popular thing to do. But seeing the Goose stepping zeal that the Government hyped up, when it got threatened, now, it’s a good thing to do! The films being made these days, and the depictions of military life, are far, far different than the 70’s. We didn’t get paid shit, either. A E-4 made about $460 a month, if I remember right. Jeez nowadays the average Military person makes $41,000 a year!
We weren’t particularly proud. Most people wanted to do their time, and get out. It got mothballed after I got out. Eh, it was hard work! We went all over the place, but not to a lot of ports. Like prison, that is what it was like. The food wasn’t very good. Very “institutional” food. Morale was low, very low. We carried small tactical nukes. I didn’t work on these. Worked on the Tartar Radar. It was more like.. “Lord of the Flies” than anything else. Now that the government is filled with Republican 4F’s, draft dodgers, and deferrments, I’m filled with resentment. What were we were protecting? What were we defending? I don’t think the USA is the greatest country in the world. I’m not proud of it, nor it’s people. Selfish. We defended.. “Selfish”. Is that something to kill or die for? We defended..”no one gives a shit, about anyone else.” And by God I’ll DIE for it!
Long cruises on water hours. Constant work on that old tub. We used to call it “The Pig-11”. We cooked our own food, dumped the garbage, chipped paint constantly. Constantly painting that thing. The Snipes had it the worst. The men down in the engine rooms. There was none of this, goose stepping, breast beating like today! NO one was impressed with us. Not when we were in, nor when we got out.
There’s a Warrant out, for Ignatz Mouse. This is the dude that likes to throw bricks through all the windows. They got his poster plastered all over the place. As I go out, there is a big fracas going on. Floor #3. Yelling. When I get downstairs the cops are there. Didnt ask what it was about. I get on Bus and Park N ride it then go to Captain D’s. I gotta big bunch of coupons from the papers, I get a 2 pc fish, then get on the bus and head back. Old Ron is selling the food he gets, so I buy a nice salad mix, one of those custom jobs, and a big Veggie tray for $2. Later, I buy from him a big chocolate cake for $1.10.
He tells me what the fracas was about. That Marlin was hustling on Denny this other dude, selling him the food the church gave him. Denny gives him a $20 bill. A counterfeit one, that is. Marlin always hustling on everyone around here. If you scam someone around here, well, it just gives them the opening to scam YOU.
Sav A Lot has chikin breasts on sale for 88cents. So, being the Hog-For-Bargains that I am, I decide to do a little “Park N Ride” and slip up there. I didn’t realize the weather was gonna be cold this weekend. I bring my shopping cart down and load it up. Yup, it’s one of the old lady carts. One of the most useful things I own! I use it for lots of stuff.
I buy some stuff from the store, then park the car there for about 20 minutes. The TroostMAX is a fast bus. It really ain’t bad! If all buses were this fast- I wouldn’t own this car at all. SavALot was packed. On the way I stopped at Dollartree for some smokes, on TroostMax it is easy. Step on. Step off. Not bad!