Adventures in Seattle - Journal of Omnifarious
Aug. 19th, 2006
09:41 pm - Adventures in Seattle
So, on Tuesday I visited bansheewail and we hung out for awhile, then I went home. On my way home, I sat at a bus stop that consisted of a bench attached to a building that had a barber shop in it.
So, I was sitting there reading, and these two guys walk past and thump down next to me. Despite the abruptness and indistinct rudeness of their sitting, something about their body language said "furtive".
So, I pay them slightly more attention than I might otherwise. They engage in some hushed conversation, then swap places. And, lo and behold, the one farthest away from me whips out a crack pipe and the one next to me lights it for him.
Not wanting to be anywhere near this, I get up. I debate telling the people in the barber shop, but instead wander down the street to the next stop. I should probably have gotten just out of earshot and called the cops on them. I don't actually care if people want to be stupid, but I'd prefer they not engage in the behavior so blatantly, or at least so near me.
I'm standing at the new bus stop for two minutes when some guy who's obviously drunk comes up to me and tells me he's been drinking all day. Then he proceeds to tell me rather earnestly that he wants a beer. I tell him that I don't like beer and he gets irritated and launches into a halting and broken explanation of what he really wants.
Apparently, what he really wants is to practice enunciating his desire before a critical audience so that he can manage to articulate it to a bartender without slurring too noticeably. I'm still pretty irritated, but play along. After he's satisfied with his ability to say this he insists I take a dollar from him, then leaves.
Perhaps I should set up shop at a bus stop and offer classes. "Tell ya what I'm gonna do! For the small sum of $1, I will listen to you ask for a drink and correct your pronunciation so that you can say it well enough that a bartender who isn't paying too close attention will not realize that you're drunk and therefor give give you the drink you desire. This is an excellent deal for this incredibly useful feedback!". Maybe I could get all my bus trips paid for that way. :-)