Panic! at the bus stop
Thursday, March 4, 2010
So today I braved the awesome, sunny weather for a jaunt to the drug store. No, I did not run into cellphone babe or the 98-pound weakling there.
I did, however, run into someone already at the bus stop. Since I had my movie-star sunglasses on, I couldn't really tell who it was, only that a person-sized shape leaned on the pole.
"Do you have a light?" the woman asked.
I peeked over the top of my sunglasses. An unlit cigarette dangled from her lips.
"I don't smoke," I replied.
"That's not what I asked." She took a step toward me. "Do you have a light?"
"Sorry." I shook my head. "I don't really have a need to set things on fire."
Okay, maybe it was a snarky comment, and, as a former smoker, I could have shown a little compassion for the woman, who was obviously having a nic fit.
Luckily, she didn't pull a knife and leave me bleeding onto my bus pass. She laughed so hard her smoke dropped from her mouth. It rolled a foot before she picked it up and slipped it back into her pack.
"Funny," she said, "you looked like a pyromaniac to me."
I had to give her points for that great comeback.
posted by Bonnie Staring at 12:28 AM