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Yesterday I finally made it to the grocery store. This was mainly noteworthy because of this sight:

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That's a completely empty (save myself and the bus driver) New York City bus. And it stayed empty for like five stops after I got on. I don't know that that's ever happened.

Of course, going back the other direction was impossible. There was some kind of construction which meant buses were few and far between. I waited forty-five minutes, in which time one bus came by and was so packed I couldn't have gotten on (physically!) even if I didn't have groceries with me. I finally broke down and took a cab. I really don't want to turn into one of those complainers and am trying to stay more positive, but this was really very frustrating because the man didn't have a good grasp of English. I really do get that learning a new language is hard and if you're the main breadwinner you may not nave time to take classes. I don't judge people who need forms in a non-English language or talk with other people who know the language. But if you're taking on a job where communicating with people is a big part of the job and where you can't really get help, understanding the language seems kind of important. THough maybe it's being caught up in myself that I expect everyone to speak English.

I can't remember if I mentioned it, by vulgarweed has a really nice fanfic she recently finished, a crossover between Sherlock and The Wicker Man. I know the first obviously, but the second is completely new to me, I just read the Wikipedia synopsis. And the story is flat-out magical, it's really engrossing and original. So if you're interested: The Straw Man Fallacy.

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shirebound
Jul. 27th, 2014 01:48 pm (UTC)
if you're taking on a job where communicating with people is a big part of the job and where you can't really get help, understanding the language seems kind of important.

I agree!

I can't see the bus pic for some reason, but it might be my computer.
marta_bee
Jul. 27th, 2014 01:56 pm (UTC)
Thought I might not be the only one. I'm afraid I have a bit of an allergic reaction to people telling immigrants to learn English already - I've heard it in my neighborhood as a racial thing, usually very rudely, so I'm very sensitive to feeling like that kind of person. But here it actually matters because the cab driver had a very hard time working out where I wanted him to take me. Doesn't help that one of the streets in my intersection isn't a major one so I had to give slightly more complicated directions than just listing the cross-streets, but still, he should have been able to understand what I told him if he was going to do that job.

Can you let me know if the pic is showing up now? It's really not very interesting, but I want to make sure I fixed it. :-)
shirebound
Jul. 27th, 2014 02:06 pm (UTC)
Yes, there's the pic! :)
vulgarweed
Jul. 27th, 2014 06:58 pm (UTC)
There's something eerie about an empty bus, isn't there? You see them sometimes in Chicago, but only late at night (when I often am out and about).

Thank you so much for the rec! That was a really fun story to write, and I'm glad you enjoyed it so much.
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