adventures in waiting-for-NJ Transit
was approached by a middle-aged, dirty and tired looking white man. I saw him on my way to the gym, talking to himself at the corner. 2 and a half hours later, I am at the bus stop waiting to go home, and he approaches me from another direction. He looks into the horizon, toward where the bus comes from, so, I assumed that he was waiting a long time for the bus.
I had been waiting an hour already, so I was concerned that the buses were not running. We make eye contact and I tell him, "Been here an hour, aint seen one. How about you?"
Him:: "You ain't from around here though."
me- "Huh? Is that necessary to ride the bus?"
Him:: "Nah...nah you ain't from around here. You're just here to fuck around."
and he sulks off and away.
20 yards or so, turns and yells,
Him:: "Oh, I know who you are! I know you! You are with the FBI. (increasingly hostile yelling) You're gonna tell me that YOU"RE NOT WITH THE FBI?! HERE TO HARASS ME?!"
me- "nope...just waitin for the bus..."
Him:: "OK! OK! People that wait for the bus stand up. They don't sit in the grass pretending to relax!"
-walks a bit further away before he turns and continues, this time screaming in order to be heard over traffic and from such a distance
Him:: 'Nigger! NIGGER! Jesus is coming back. Jesus is coming to punish you! And your family! YOUR WHOLE FAMILY! NIGGER! YOUR DEAD! YOU DONT EVEN KNOW IT! YOUR DEAD!!"
"Ah, those endless forests, and their horror-haunted gloom! For what eternities have I wandered through them, a timid, hunted creature, starting at the least sound, frightened of my own shadow, keyed-up, ever alert and vigilant, ready on the instant to dash away in mad flight for my life. For I was the prey of all manner of fierce life that dwelt in the forest, and it was in ecstasies of fear that I fled before the hunting monsters."
Jack london, "Before Adam"