Friday, July 25, 2008

The rules on the bus

Now that it's really summer, when getting around on foot I switch from my habit of walking on the sunny side of the street, and instead always seek a shady route.

In the warm weather, riding on the bus can offer a bit of relief from the heat of the sidewalks. When waiting for the bus, if the sun is really pelting down, I sometimes stand in the tiny patch of shadow cast by the bus stop sign.
On board, the narrow vents at the top of the windows offer the only breeze unless you stand by the middle doors and wait for them to open. I immediately flip open a vent if possible.

I love the rules posted about windows.

Do not let your arm hang outside the window.
A moot point, unless you happen to resemble Mr. Tickle.

Opening and closing of windows

You may open or close the windows according to your desire. In case of disagreement among the passengers, priority is given to whoever wants to close the window.

Imagine the scenario.


Autolycus said...

Ah, the famous French horreur at a draught. On a school trip to France I was once solemnly assured that we must on no account open the dormitory window, because we would all get flu: in the middle of July.

Parisienne Mais Presque said...

The dreaded courant d'air!

And don't laugh. I have colleagues who no longer speak to one another after long, drawn-out window disputes.

Polly-Vous Francais said...

When I wrote this post I was thinking "How silly a sign, of course if it's hot everyone would want the window open."

Then I experienced exactly what both of you described, yesterday. It was stuffy and sweltering on the bus and the lady in front of me adamantly slammed the vent shut!

Prêt à Voyager said...

That's awesome. I love the joy in the mundane like this!


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