I have my bus pass. Another sign that the years are passing is the ownership of a Free Bus Pass for old folks. This is indeed a boon for those desperate to get about the world and short of cash, indeed it is, but it means I am old.
I sent of the picture, included my birth certificate (I mistook it for my dad's at one point until I realised I did not possess my dad's birth certificate!) and awaited a response. Within a few days the paperwork returned. Within another few days the credit card sized Free Bus Pass also fell through the door.
I think I need a walking stick and a bottle of 'Sanatogen.'
The problem is the bus times. I looked them up today, and while there are frequent buses to where I ought to go it takes for ever! Journeying into the big towns takes about an hour, which I expected, but even dawdling six miles away takes almost 45 minutes! The bus passes through little villages full of yokels, trundles along country lanes, and takes for ever!
Now you will realise a problem with this. Sitting on a public transport omnibus means that the public will clamber aboard said bus and behave like the er, public will do. This is the very reason the members of parliament were to willing to forego their first class tickets on the trains, they would have to meet the public! I need not remind you there are no first class seats on a bus.
The last time I went on an hour long journey on a bus the women who boarded discussed Uncle John's foot for most of the journey. I need not inform you of my opinion of this needless (loud) chatter, especially Uncle John did not belong to any of them but a next door neighbours friend over the roads, neighbours brothers uncle John!
The return journey was badly times as the bus filled with adolescents from a collage who wished to play bad music (Tish Tosh Tish etc) on headphones, discussed their wishfull thinking love lives, and reminded me where I left my chainsaw.
The other niggling problem is that I look 25. This means the drivers will not believe the card is mine. I foresee many an argument ahead here. However the good side is that I may travel anyway, and this means photos from places as yet unseen! Isn't this good?