Bus stop Blues

In the fall of 1980, i was recent college grad, living in San Francisco, working for a BP subsidiary and playing a weekly dungeons and dragons game in Berkeley.

I missed my midnight bus to the city and was sitting on the long bench at the bus stop wishing i had a book to kill the hour i was going to have to sit there.  A man came and sat beside me on the long bench so close he was touching me.  After a few moments of strange conversation he said

“What do you think about Ronald Reagan?” Reagan was running for president.

i started to complain about Reagan’s foreign policy pronouncements and my new friend interrupted me

“i really like Ronald Reagan, because when he was governor he let me out of the insane asylum!”

This was not a personal release for my animated bus buddy.  As governor, Reagan had closed all of the states mental hospitals and as president would defund most of the national mental health program.

Needles to say, this little tidbit made the rest of the hour waiting for the bus especially uncomfortable.

About paxus

a funologist, memeticist and revolutionary. Can be found in the vanity bin of Wikipedia and in locations of imminent calamity. buckle up, there is going to be some rough sledding.

2 responses to “Bus stop Blues”

  1. Sapphyre says :

    This post doesn’t do this story justice. One has to get the full experience of seeing your facial expressions as you tell this story =)

  2. femmefire says :

    You crack me up! *chuckle* Sending love vibrations, Lotus

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: