I’ve found the perfect picture for the subject of this post. As I’ve said before just search the internet and you will probably find what your looking for.
I will have more about this picture later but as I stated in the last “Psychology of Bus Riding” post you can ask Yahoo anything and there will be answers. This one asks the question, “Why are there so many weirdos on the city bus?“ Not many good answers there. How about this one with the title, “Have you ever been the weirdo on the bus?” There are a few good answers to that question like this one, “Oh i make sure i am, then no-one sits next to me :)”. That answer is one way to avoid sitting next to a weirdo.
So how would you avoid sitting next to this weirdo.
Look at this guy. Strange vest, who knows what could be in it. What’s with the binoculars? Must be some pervert looking in windows. What’s in that case around his waist (not shown)? Why is one leg of his pants tied up? Who wears gloves these days? My goodness he just rode up on a bike, probably smells. Always mumbling about birds. Don’t want to sit next to him–a weirdo!
Yes-I am a Mendocino Coast weirdo but everyone on the coast knows me now. Bus drivers and passengers are asking me bird questions. They point out the geese and Great Blue Herons on the school grounds as we go by. They have bird lists and now carry their binoculars with them when walking the Haul Rd. Passengers now call me that “bird” guy. Once when I lost my binocular strap on the bus I got it back with a note, “please give back to our birding friend”. The people on the coast know who I am but I wonder what people in Ukiah are thinking when I travel over there. When I walk through Home Depot or a Kohls in this outfit what are people thinking?
This post titled, “Today’s collection of creeps and weirdos on the bus” talks about the interesting people he rode the bus with. “This older man is Joe Jordan, an atmospheric scientist retired from NASA Ames Research Center and now director of the Sky Power Institute in Santa Cruz. He was dressed about like he was for this TEDx presentation he gave in 2011…Karen studies transnational rituals as a cultural anthropologist at San Jose State University, where she teaches a class on the globalization of culture.” He end the post with this statement, “Did you meet anybody interesting on your drive to work today?”
When all the rows are full and more passengers get on the bus, the seated passengers begin a performance to avert anyone from sitting in the empty seat next to them.”
The best advice from Kim’s fellow passengers was:
• Avoid eye contact with other people
• Place a large bag on the empty seat
When commuters discovered someone had to sit next them, race, class, gender and other characteristics were not major concerns, Kim determined. Everyone just wanted to stay clear of the ‘crazy person.’
“One rider told me the objective is just ‘getting through the ride’, and that I should avoid fat people who may sweat more and so may be more likely to smell,” said Kim. “Motivating this nonsocial behavior is the fact that one’s own comfort level is the rider’s key concern, rather than the backgrounds of fellow passengers.”
Let’s get back to the first picture. The complete picture is this.
It was part of a GM Canada car ad back in 2003. This blog states, “General Motors Canada has pulled an ad campaign suggesting that transit buses are full of “creeps and weirdos.”
“An ad for a Chevy Cavalier that appeared in the The Georgia Straight, a Vancouver weekly magazine, has generated a firestorm of complaints. See the original ad here:http://vancouver.indymedia.org/uploads/creeps.jpgLocal citizens “noticed that the ads promoted GM’s support for Vancouver’s 2010 Olympic bid — which favours effective and environmentally sustainable transportation like buses.”
Watch out for those weirdos all around us. The last installment of The Psychology of Bus Riding will be on bus riding etiquette. Some of what you just read will be disputed. I will also have a few pet peeves to discuss.
This is an update. I forgot to add this video from the Drastics called “Weirdos on the Bus”. I don’t know what they’re singing but it seems to fit the theme of this post. Enjoy!