Like Schumacher, after the bus

Christiane vs the bus:

It was the White City stop, the same story as yesterday. I’m waiting in full sight at the bus stop, holding my hand out towards the street, clearly signalling to the driver that I want to get on. And just like yesterday, the driver leaves me standing there.

I practically exploded with anger. Sometimes anger is a good thing. I planned to follow the bus so that I could get its number. I careened down the sidewalk like a madwoman, and at some point I passed the bus, which was stuck. The bus had to stop at the next light, and I got up to the closed door and yelled at the driver and asked him why he hadn’t picked me up. Why he couldn’t obey the law of the land. That I would report him to the company. That I would see to it, that he got what was coming to him. I was pissed.

Then I thought, “I’m going to win this.” I kept going, crossed the street ahead of the bus and got to the next bus stop just as the bus did. At a frenzied speed.

And, look! The driver deployed the ramp. Immediately. Without saying anything. I was exhausted after my sprint, but I was in the bus. I had won.



  1. Harriet

    Hi there,

    Is there a contact email for the editor of broken clay? We wondered if you’d like to review our new website – a website which aims to help empower young people in using public transport.

    Hope to hear from you soon,


  2. Katja (Post author)

    Is there a contact email for the editor of broken clay?

    Sure – check out the Contact page, linked in the sidebar.

  3. Angela

    How awful – to have to go through so much to ride the bus!

  4. ::

    Thank you SO MUCH for the link. I had not found it and am very appreciative. We’ve all so much to learn in this new chapter of our lives.

  5. :: Suzanne ::

    oops – forgot to finish typing my name (little kids tackled me mid-comment) Anyway, that was me saying thx for the link to SCI rutgers.

  6. Katja

    You’re very welcome – I hope you find it informative (Suzanne’s father has recently had an SCI at T6, and I recommended CareCure to her as a resource).


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