Saturday, May 1, 2010

Bus Moment Last Night

Last night I took the bus. It was from a place in Westmount towards my humble abode. I wish it was an humble adobe, but alas it is but a condo.

Two interesting things happened while I was on this bus-ride of about fifteen minutes... The first, is that there was a woman talking loudly to herself. No, that isn't unusual or odd to notice, on the bus. What was interesting, though, was that West of St Laurent she spoke to herself in English. Then, when we had crossed that street, she began to talk to herself in French. Lucky woman, she`s bilingual! St Laurent Street is the border between East and West in Montreal. Very roughly speaking, the West tends to be English-speaking, and the East is more French. I just took note of her ability to alter her speech as we traversed the little un-official border-line...

Shortly after having crossed that street, a young man stood up to get off the bus. He paused in front of the man sitting in front of me; and offered him a bag of crackers, and a piece of something-wrapped-in-tinfoil. Looked like cake. The older man gratefully accepted, and not a word was said between the two.

The crackers looked quite delicious. It was one of those odd, heart-warming Montreal Moments.

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