I just completed the long expected road trip to attend my mother’s last days which included a total of two rental cars, and nine buses (total of 7 transfers).
I do part time graphics editing for a few clients. I am paid a retainer to be on call. To this end the bag of geek gear and accessories had to travel with me. I carry extra laptop batteries.I also carry a true brick of a recharger unit, it is the size of a house brick and weighs 1kg. (It will run the laptop or charge the phone several times). This thing is big, huge, heavy, and required.
I start the five bus, 4 transfer ordeal at 3 am (bus is running late). Some fellow acting like he is super speshul, is talking on his cell, blathering, and he’s so much a wheeler dealer on a long distance semi-express during dark hours. Nobody’s sleeping because of him and apparently he’s been doing this since about 9 the previous night when this route started. (Some would be riding this one end to end, btw, I joined it a quarter in and would ride most of the way). Why the driver didn’t make him hang up I don’t know.
Most of the buses are now equipped with plug-ins, and really nice ones have USB plugs. Some, however, do not work. This was the case with this one, it blew something enroute. So phones were going low. Including our speshul snowflake. And a few hours yet to enough of a stop to be able to plug in at the stop.
Having to keep available, I dig out the brick, put the 12″ lightning cord on it, and plug in my phone. Mr. Super-Important reaches across the aisle, unplugs my phone and snags the end to plug his phone in. I pull away and he pulls the plug out and has my short cord.
He tries to reach for the brick again. I say very loudly “You Keep Your Hands OFF me and GIVE me my cord back!” He goes, “Gimme That”, and tries to grab again. I repeat loudly, “Keep Your Hands Off, this Is Mine and GIVE ME MY CORD BACK.”
The driver raises voice and asks what is the problem. The fellow repeats, “Give Me That!” I tell the driver the fellow is trying to take my phone charger and took my lightning cord. The bus pulls over. We are very late on schedule and we are still in a big urban area. Mr. Speshul tries to make a case for his so important need for my charger as his phone is almost dead. He is conducting BUSINESS and needs to recharge and I’m being selfish since I won’t share! It turns out he’s not a doctor or otherwise on call for something about as important (say transporting an organ for transplant)-the driver is asking these sorts of questions. Mr. Speshul gets removed from the bus. Either he can leave or have the authorities do so and be charged, so he was left several miles from the depot on the side of the road. With much protests about how I’m being the unreasonable one and won’t share because I have a large charger and his phone is dead.
“It Takes A Village” with the translation of “if you have something I need and you don’t give it to me you are a horrid selfish being” is getting old. Yes I got my cord back. 0505-17
Good lord, the audacity of some people! At least they are of some entertainment value as we horrify people with our tales of encounters with them.