NYC The Blog took a bus ride recently that turned out to be unexpected -- in a many, good ways.
The broken coin box seen when boarding the crosstown bus--which means everyone rides for free--was the first sign this ride was going to be a better bus ride than normal.
The good feeling riding for free inspires, with a bus full of others who are beneficiaries, must be contagious because the bus driver started playing trivia over the intercom. Playfully prodding, he requested: "Give me ten body parts that only have three letters." A woman sitting nearby quickly rolled off three: "Eye, leg, lip." Someone near the front shouted out: "toe!" and the count got to eight pretty quickly. The last two came as well, but not so easily.
The driver played word games with the passengers, told jokes and asked if it was anyone's birthday. When someone piped up, he ordered the bus to sing Happy Birthday. Everyone did.
Then he urged everyone to look outside their window and smile at strangers passing by. "Lets look alive people, we only live once. Tomorrow's not promised."
Someone give this man a hug already.