On the weekday mornings now my bus comes 9 minutes earlier ... it's the new winter schedule and usually the bus is half-empty the first day the schedule goes into effect because so many people miss it.
My bus-stop buddy was kind enough to point this out to me BEFORE the schedule change took effect or I would've missed the bus that day.
My pal, who also works downtown, and I share many laughs while waiting for the bus now that we know each other better ....we've been sharing the same bus stop for like over a year now. We joke about the grumpy driver - "That dude'd probably (*&#@%!) us if he could!" he would say as we step up into the bus and quietly walk past the driver who would be glaring straight ahead.
We joke about our office jobs, the frigid weather - well, compared to Tennessee where my friend and his wife might move - and all kinds of people who wander by us walking their dogs, jogging, riding bikes on their way to wherever. We even have time to ponder why the street lights shut off, then go back on again.
If it weren't for his good humor, I think I'd dissolve into feeling sorry for myself because I was standing on the street corner in a flurry of snowfall running on empty because I hadn't had my morning coffee.
It's 7:08 and I'm waiting for the 31 again, but I'm not alone. My pal is there, and another new guy too, but I don't know his name yet. It's good to connect with strangers, which is what we were not too long ago, and start the day on a cheery, not a frigid, note.