Feb
02
2009

An Open Letter to the Woman Who Sat On Me on the Bus Just Now

Dear Madam,

Let me preface this by saying that I am quite certain that my diminutive stature made you think that I was undeserving of a full seat on the bus just now. However, I assure you — my legs, though smaller than most people’s, are just as tired as anyone else’s (If you prick me, do I not bleed?), and my bag is probably heavier than any other bag on the #3 bus this evening.

I had every right to occupy one full seat on my own. I am a tax-paying (and more importantly, a muni-pass holding) citizen of this great city, and my butt should be welcome in any seat without the possibility of being violated by someone else’s (namely your) butt and grocery bags.

And another thing. There were several other open seats in the front of the bus even closer to the door where you walked in than the one that I had chosen for my own. You opted to walk past those seats and sit, quite literally, on top of my lap. Thus, one can only assume that you got some sort of a power trip from taking over the personal space of a random stranger who was minding her own business, listening to her music and reading her book. That is disturbing on a whole different level. Are you the kind of person who just takes whatever she wants without question or concern? First my seat on the muni, next perhaps a child at the supermarket. It is a slippery slope, ma’am.

And I also do not appreciate the choice words you yelled at me when I asked what you were doing and (maybe not so) politely requested that you sit somewhere else. I am none of those things that you branded me, and I didn’t like the snickers that your unfair typecasting evoked from the rest of the bus-riding population.

I just hope you realize that as soon as you entered by body bubble, I was already mentally writing this blog post.

Crazy lady, you are Meccanized. And, for those of you who are concerned, I did not give up my seat — instead, I held my ground and used my debate skills from my days as a one-woman debate team to keep my seat.

Written by lindsay in: The Ridiculous | Tags: ,
  • http://seegerpdx.com/blog Christina/Seeger

    Lindsay, I've been enjoying your blog. Sounds like you had one hell of a Monday.

  • http://seegerpdx.com/blog Christina/Seeger

    Lindsay, I've been enjoying your blog. Sounds like you had one hell of a Monday.

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